Police continue to warn of scams in the area

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Dufferin OPP is once again reminding residents to be wary of anyone contacting them requesting money via telephone.
This week a resident was contacted by someone who stated they were a law firm representing their grandchild and that the grandchild needed money for some trouble they had gotten in. The suspect sounded very convincing but thankfully the citizen took the appropriate steps and no money was lost in this incident.
OPP want to reiterate that people should always look into, and confirm, any claims being made over the phone about family members being in trouble and needing money sent. Remember, you can stop phone fraud – just hang up.
Take some time and educate yourself of the latest scams and avoid becoming a victim by visiting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) website at www.antifraudcentre.ca.
Huronia West OPP would like to remind the public to use extra caution when dealing with door-to-door sales scams.
The canvassers will, at times, use high pressure tactics and can be aggressive in nature, so much so that consumers may find themselves purchasing a product or signing up for a service which they do not need or want. Common door-to-door scams include solicitation for a charitable donation, investment opportunities or sale or maintenance of water heaters, furnaces or air conditioner units.
Protect yourself by: Never sharing any personal information, copies of any bills or financial statements; Researching before you invest. Don’t sign anything and always read the fine print; Asking for identification; and don’t be pressured by a limited time offer.
For more information and crime prevention tips please www.opp.ca or The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website.
Another great resource is www.ontario.ca as well as www.consumerhandbook.ca which has information on the Consumer Protection Act.
For a list of registered charities in Canada please visit www.cra-arc.gc.ca.

 

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