Norfolk OPP was called to a Charlotteville address, where a resident was contacted through social media and telephone by individuals claiming to be Jimmy Buffet, Garth Brooks and Shania Twain.
It appears the victim began to converse with the unidentified individuals who then asked for money for several reasons which included claiming a prize, donating to a charity, or giving help to assist in another event that the celebrity supported.
A total of $500 was forwarded through a money transfer service.
Scammers will try just about anything to separate you from your hard earned money and are posing as celebrities on social media and through telephone calls. Some celebrities do raise money for legitimate causes, however you need to be sure of that cause and that the person asking for support is in fact real.
Scams come in several varieties, but they all work the same way. A scammer pretends to be someone you trust in order to convince you to send them money.
So what should you do if a celebrity contacts you on social media or by telephone and asks for money?
Slow down and don’t get too excited. Before you send money, talk with someone you trust. Do some research and search online for the celebrity’s name and “scam.” Do the same with any charity or cause they’re asking you to support.
Never send money, gift cards or prepaid cards to someone you don’t know. If you sent money to a scammer, contact the company you used and let them know that it was a fraud and inquire if they are able to reverse the transaction.
Always report fraudulent activities to the social media site.
The OPP would like to remind all residents to familiarize themselves with the various scams occurring in their communities. For more information on fraud, call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or http://www.antifraudcentre.ca.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.