Media Release. Monday, August 16, 2021.
Fraud Alert: New Twist on Publishers Clearing House Scam
(Innisfil/Bradford, ON) The South Simcoe Police Service is warning the public to beware of a Publishers Clearing House (PCH) scam with a new twist where a fraudster poses as the Chief of South Simcoe Police Service.
A resident recently was called by someone claiming to represent Publishers Clearing House who told her she had won a large cash prize and a car. The woman was told she had to send money to cover the taxes on her prize winnings. Next she was contacted by someone posing as a lawyer to “help” her arrange payment. Then she received a call from a fraudster claiming to be Chief Andrew Fletcher, who tried to convince the woman that the other fake PCH calls were legitimate.
The woman called police to confirm that this was indeed a scam and Chief Fletcher did not call her.
The South Simcoe Police Service is advising residents to keep these tips in mind if you get a call from someone who says you won a prize:
Never pay for winning a prize or the lottery
Don’t send money or gift cards to pre-pay taxes, pay a legal fee or any kind of fee to claim a lottery prize
Be suspicious of callers claiming you’ve won money but ask you to send money
Never give personal or financial information to a caller you don’t know
Hang up and verify if the call is legitimate by contacting the organization that called you
Police will never call you to confirm a lottery win. Always hang up and call the actual police to report the inicident
Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably a scam
Please share this Media Release with family members and friends who might not have access to the information. Report fraud to police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online at https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm.