Online Shopping Scams Brings Warning From Police

A renewed warnings from police after two similar internet shopping scams were reported in recent days.

One involved someone paying top dollar for some French Bulldog puppies, only to have the pups never arrive. The next had someone scammed out of cash after trying to buy two pairs of leafs tickets.

The South Simcoe Police have offered a few general tips to protect yourself and your hard-earned cash:

  • Always meet in a public place, preferably during the day. Bring someone with you if you can and try to find a location that has security cameras for extra protection
  • If something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Ask a lot of questions and properly inspect items before turning over your hard-earned money
  • Be wary of purchasing online tickets. Many people have showed up to venues, only to be turned away when the tickets turn out to be fraudulent
  • If you’re buying or selling a vehicle, consider meeting at a garage so you can verify the quality of the vehicle so you don’t have to rely on a test drive
  • Don’t bring large quantities of cash with you to make a purchase. Do an e-transfer after you’ve inspected the item or meet at a bank
  • Use common sense and trust your gut. If you don’t feel comfortable with the situation, then don’t show up for the meeting

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, please report the incident to South Simcoe Police at 905-775-3311 or 705-436-2141.