A Dunnville resident has been scammed for $6,000.
The resident had received a call from an unknown person claiming to be a representative for Hydro One. The call display on the victim’s phone also came up as Hydro One.
The victim was directed to forward payment of $2,000 from a Bitcoin Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or their electricity supply would be turned off. After further discussions, the victim was told there was a problem with the account and they would need to send another $4,000.
The victim had sent approximately $6,000 via Bitcoin until calling a Hydro One number and told the calls they received were a scam.
Scammers will often attempt to make people have a sense of fear or urgency so victims will act quickly without thinking things completely through. Don’t fall for it. Legitimate companies will not threaten customers, warns the OPP.