Bradford resident duped into purchasing thousands of dollars worth of gift cards

March is Fraud Prevention Month

The gift card scam snared another victim.

A Bradford resident received an email from someone posing as a bank employee. The victim was instructed to purchase gift cards to help the bank catch the culprits who had supposedly compromised the victim’s account. The individual purchased thousands of dollars worth of gift cards before catching on this was a scam.

South Simcoe Police remind the public that March is Fraud Prevention Month. They say one of your best means of protection is a pause. Think about what is happening and remember that no legitimate company will request gift cards for payment or like this case, ask clients to directly assist in fraud investigations of the client’s account.

Police urge you to immediately hang up if you get such a call or verify the organization contacting you is legitimate before taking any other action. Also call your bank branch directly to verify the message’s legitimacy. Police also advise you to never give out personal information; and if you didn’t initiate the call or email, you don’t know who you are talking to.

The Canadian Ant-Fraud Centre website has more fraud prevention tips and information on the latest scams.

Banner picture provided: Gift cards that were purchased (South Simcoe Police)