Haldimand OPP is reminding the public to be vigilant after a Cayuga resident lost $1000 in a computer scam.

The resident received a message purported to be from Microsoft saying there had been a security breach on their computer and they needed to call the number provided to correct the problem. 

The resident was directed to purchase $1,000 in “Google Play” cards and provide the activation codes, which the resident did, and was then directed to purchase an additional $1,500 in “Google Play” cards along with the activation codes.

At that point, the store manager told the resident they were likely the victim of a scam. No further contact was made with the fraudster and the resident contacted police Saturday afternoon. 

OPP is reminding the public to never give out any personal information to someone you don’t know, and always verify all contact information and not just call a number or email that some unknown person provides you with. Give yourself some time to complete your own research. 

Also, gift cards are not meant for payments and no legitimate business or organization will request these, especially under pressure. 

The Little Black Book of Scams, can be found online at 

https://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/03074.html

If you are the recipient of a fraudulent call, text or email, or if you’ve been a victim of a fraud, you are encouraged to report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by calling 1-888-495-8501 or visit http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.