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$27,000 lost to money transfer scam

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Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police is investigating yet another scam where money was lost.

Between July 9, 2015 and July 20, 2015 a Tillsonburg senior received numerous calls from suspect(s) claiming to be police, a lawyer and a relative. The suspect(s) were requesting money to be sent to assist a family member in trouble with the law and that the money was to be transferred via Western Union to Lebanon. Unfortunately the senior fell victim and transferred approximately $27,000 through a series of transactions before checking the facts.

Scams are becoming more common and the public should be aware and cautious when receiving such calls requesting money immediately. Family and friends should share information about this type and other types of scams so when they receive a call like this they are prepared and simply HANG UP!

Never transfer any money before checking out the facts, and verifying the information. Call police for help, police do not phone people requesting money.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Center is a resource to contact for any information on the types of scams that are out there and known to be used 1-888-495-8501 or http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

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