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Victim lost $6,000 in emergency scam

Prince Edward OPP remind people to be aware of ongoing frauds and scams following another report of a victim losing $6,000 in an emergency scam.

PEC OPP Community Safety Officer Aaron Miller stated the victim received a call advising their daughter had been involved in a serious collision, involving a young child, while impaired by alcohol.

“The victim was advised that to arrange the release of their daughter, $6,000 needed to be sent immediately to facilitate the court process. The victim then spoke to someone on the phone who was crying, claiming to be their daughter. The daughter requested this be kept secretive as to avoid further trouble. The victim transferred the money. Subsequently, the victim contacted their daughter and confirmed she had not been involved in any such occurrence.”

As a reminder, Miller shares some red flags to identify frauds and scams:

– Often times, there will be a request not to tell anyone, to keep it a secret to avoid further trouble
– Request for gift cards or cryptocurrency
– Urgent request for action or information
– Request for banking information
– Unsolicited attempts at selling products or services

“Take the time to conduct research, ask questions and take a minute before sending gift cards or money. Remember, fraudsters are sneaky and sly.”

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  1. Jon says:

    This happened to me before. The person crying even sounded like my kid. I clued when I said I did not have Six thousand and then the person then asked how much can you send.
    A very nasty scam.

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