VICTIM LOSES $27,000
Police were contacted early Friday afternoon by a Norfolk County resident reporting a fraud.
The victim met a male online where both began to converse over the course of approximately three months. The man then asked the victim for financial assistance in order to be able to travel to Canada.
The victim subsequently sent this unknown person approximately $27,000 between July of 2020 and October 2020, to a Moscow, Russia financial institution for outstanding taxes and several emergencies.
The victim received further correspondence from a person indicating that they were the Russian police. The email stated they arrested the victim’s friend for fraud and asked the victim to send their banking statement in order for the money to be refunded.
The victim subsequently contacted the OPP and was informed that this was in fact a SCAM.
$120,000 LOST TO ROMANCE SCAM
A Norfolk resident was defrauded of approximately $120,000, between November of 2018 and July of 2019 after establishing an online relationship.
Several emails were exchanged with details of the suspect’s history and employment status and during the course of this correspondence, several requests to borrow money were made after the suspect claimed they were having several emergencies.
The victim ceased all communication in July of 2019, however contacted police after the suspect threatened to release intimate images on the internet.
Police are warning all computer users to beware. Having a face-to-face conversation with someone is gaining in popularity and everyone needs to be vigilant when engaging in on-line video chats.
You can’t be anonymous with video chatting. The fact is your face is right there for all to see, but it’s not just your face that’s on show. Anything else can be, too. That means that some behaviour — and some body parts — that you don’t want to exhibit could end up on display.
$1,500 LOST TO VIRUS SCAM
Police were contacted Sunday evening by an elderly resident reporting they had been the victim of a computer virus scam. The resident received a pop-up message on their computer indicating the computer had a virus and instructing them to contact Microsoft. After contacting the number, an unknown individual was given remote access to the computer where several items were downloaded.
The victim’s credit card was subsequently charged approximately $1,500. A request was also made for photo identification at which time a copy of their driver’s licence was forwarded.
Police are urging everyone who owns a computer to be very skeptical if you receive a pop-up message indicating that your computer is infected with a virus. Do not call any number that is provided and hang up the phone if you should receive such a call. It’s a scam.
For more information on fraud, call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or http://www.antifraudcentre.ca.