Cashier helps keep senior from becoming victim of gift card scam

Seniors among the most vulnerable to be targeted or victimized by fraudulent activities or schemes.

OPP warning of a fraud scam aimed at seniors after Nottawasaga OPP responded to a call where a senior was duped into buying gift cards in large denominations.

He had been advised, via email, that his Amazon account had been compromised. To fix the issue, he was instructed to buy the gift cards then send photos of the card numbers.

The cashier where he bought the cards was suspicious and called police who were able to find the man before the photos were sent.

March is Fraud Prevention Month

Nottawasaga OPP will continue to deliver fraud awareness presentations utilizing its Virtual Studio.

The aim of the presentations is to provide information to local residents to create a greater level of understanding and awareness of how the various schemes are targeted towards seniors. During the presentations, officers provide a basic overview of the various fraud schemes, valuable fraud prevention tips, and numerous resources that are available in the event that one falls victim. Officers engage with the attendees by answering any questions that may arise during the presentation.

If your community group or organization would like a presentation on fraud and cybercrime prevention, please contact the Nottawasaga OPP at 705-434-1939, and ask to speak with a Community Safety Officer.