(EAST MILLS TWP, ONT) – On June 23, 2018, officers from the North Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a complaint of a person from East Mills Township, Ontario, who was the victim of a $9000 fraud.
The complainant advised that, on June 23, 2018, he received a call from unknown persons advising that his bank account may have been compromised. The scammers advised the complainant that he needed to secure his funds in order to complete their investigation. He was then instructed to go to the bank, withdraw all of his funds and purchase iTunes gift cards with the money.
The scammers kept calling the victim every 10-15 minutes to get updates on his progress. The scammers advised that, once he had purchased the gift cards, his money would remain safe until the investigation was complete, and he could return the cards and get his money back.
The victim was able to purchase $9000 worth of gift cards at different area stores. One cashier warned him that he may be involved in a fraud.
The victim then proceeded to give all of the security numbers from the cards to the scammer. The victim then attended the Powassan OPP Detachment.
Extortion is the #1 scam that the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre is receiving calls about right now. The scammers use intimidating and threatening language and don’t give you time to react or think about what they are asking. The scammers will use many different tricks in order to get your money and will exhaust all avenues. They pursue vulnerable people until they get as much money from them as possible.
If you are asked to pay for any service or product with an iTunes gift card or any gift card, don’t do it! It’s a scam! Financial institutions will never request the transfer of funds to an external account or the purchase of gift cards.
The key to stopping these frauds is through prevention and by talking about it with your family members and friends. For more information on fraud trends go to www.antifraudcentre.ca.
Source: OPP Media Release