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Media Release. Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Internet Frauds

On Monday, June 12, 2017, a elderly Bradford woman reported a fraud. She told officers that she is new to the internet experience and while browsing, a pop up appeared on her screen. It claimed to be Microsoft, saying she had problems with her computer that required repair. She phoned the number on the screen and was connected with a "service advisor". She allowed remote access to her computer and over the course of half an hour gave the suspect banking information and passwords. She was charged $245 for this service call. She realized she'd been scammed and called police.

Another Bradford resident received an e-mail from "Revenue Canada" advising that she still owed an amount on her recently filed taxes. After clicking on a link, the victim supplied personal information before realizing it was a scam.

A third Bradford resident was burned in a Kijiji fraud. Wishing to purchase a motorcycle, he forwarded $500 to an Ottawa fraudster in order to hold the motorcycle for purchase. After forwarding the cash, the seller became evasive, leading the victim to believe he'd been defrauded. He later saw an ad for the same motorcycle, this time in Alberta.

Internet fraud has reached epidemic proportions.

Policing the internet is a difficult, almost impossible task.  In order to avoid becoming a victim, you must use common sense and caution. Fraud artists are experts on preying on their victim's fears, insecurities, naivete and greed.

If you come across a deal that sounds too good to be true, it might be a fraud. If you receive an email saying you owe money, it might be a fraud. If you get a message on your computer that you will be arrested or fined for your activities, it is a fraud.

Government agencies, police, courts, Canada Revenue, and banks will never demand payment over the phone or by email. We never threaten arrest for non-payment. If you suspect a scam, look up the agency phone number and call them for confirmation.

Educate yourself and vulnerable members of your family by going to the Canadian Anti-Fraud website for more information.


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