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Picton grocer and cashier help senior avoid gift card scam

An elderly person attempting to purchase $2,000 worth of gift cards was assisted at the Metro grocery store in identifying a scam.

“Thanks to the team effort between the cashier and store manager, Murray Lupenette, who took the time to speak to the individual, the pair came to find out the gift cards were being sent to suspects claiming to be the victim’s bank,” said Constable Aaron Miller, PEC OPP Community Safety officer. “Murray assisted the individual in identifying this scam and successfully prevented the individual from being victimized.”

Miller adds this incident highlights the importance of store owners, managers and employees to also be aware of frauds and scams to help avoid further victimization.

Miller reminds people to conduct research, ask questions and take a minute before sending gift cards or money.

Red flags to identify frauds and scams include requests for gift cards or cryptocurrency, an urgent request for action or information, a request for banking information and unsolicited attempts at selling products or services.

“Remember, legitimate agencies will never pressure you for information over the phone or demand money immediately.”

For details on current frauds and scams, click here to visit the
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre 

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  1. Viju says:

    Kudos to the Metro manager for alerting the senior person and being socially responsible!

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