So, a guy from Montreal walks into the Orillia OPP detachment the other day, wants to see a Senior Inspector named Jones Rickshaw.
He tells officers the Inspector promised him a large sum of money if he deposited $500 into an American bank account…even has a picture of a staff ID card with the name and picture of the Inspector on it.
The man went on to say he wanted to meet the Inspector before he made the deposit.
He never got the chance to meet him.
The Inspector does not exist.
This guy got lucky by checking things out first.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Many Canadians find themselves becoming scam victims, thanks to the excitement of a surprise win or to claim prizes from fake lotteries, contests or inheritances. Phone calls, an e-mail, text messages and pop-up messages on your computer or laptop may make claims that the offer is legal and that there are relatively minor costs to claim the ‘big’ prize. By responding, you may lose everything you send to a scammer and – if you have provided other personal details – your identity information could be stolen to support other crimes.[/perfectpullquote]
Tips to help you recognize a lottery or prize scam.
- Never send money to anybody you don’t know and trust.
- Don’t provide personal banking details to anyone that you do not know and trust.
- Examine all of the terms and conditions of any offer very carefully. Claims of free or very cheap offers often have hidden costs. Calls to premium rate phone numbers or premium text messages can be very expensive.
- Ask yourself, “Did I willingly enter this contest?”