Scammer places classified ad in local papers, OPP say

An SD&G OPP cruiser. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News file

DUNDAS COUNTY — A classified newsprint ad from a woman purporting to seek a caregiver for her elderly mother-in-law turns out to be a scam, according to the SD&G OPP.

The fraudster sought victims by placing the advertisement in recent editions of The Winchester Press and The Morrisburg Leader.

The ad generated two complaints but no victims.

“We’ve now learned it is a scam. Do not respond,” says the local detachment, also confirming that “thankfully no money was lost.”

The ad was booked and paid by credit card via email. The payment cleared, and nothing about the submission appeared out of the ordinary.

The scammer seems to be trying to obtain personal information, particularly banking records, which may lead to financial loss.

Police say a quick Google search finds cases related to this advertisement throughout Canada and the U.S.

Police remind the public not to give out personal financial details or information over the phone. Don’t believe callers who say they are from your bank or credit card company, and if you have a concern go to your bank personally. Educate yourself about banking practices. Banks would never advise you to transfer funds to another outside account to protect your funds. More information on frauds and scams and how to protect yourself can be found online at: the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre; Consumer Protection Ontario; Canadian Bankers Association; and the Ontario Provincial Police.



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