Haldimand OPP is reminding the public to be vigilant and never give out any personal information following a fraud complaint in South Cayuga, on Friday.
The complainant was contacted by someone claiming to be a police officer conducting an investigation. The complainant also reported the caller ID display on her phone came up as “9-1-1.”
The caller told the complainant that a vehicle had been rented out in her name and stopped by police in Vancouver, that illegal drugs were located in the vehicle and they would need some personal information, including her social insurance number, to continue their investigation.
She was also asked to send payment via Google play cards in order to resolve the matter.
Believing this to be a scam, the complainant did not provide any personal information and contacted police.
To learn about ways to protect yourself from scams and frauds, the OPP encourages community members to stay educated on fraud prevention.
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.