South Simcoe Police Chief Andrew Fletcher is not a scam artist.
But one might wonder after several calls received by a woman trying to convince her to hand over a large amount of cash.
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The first call indicated she had won a large cash prize and a car from Publishers Clearing House, but she would have to send money to cover the taxes on the prize.
Then she said she got a call from a ‘lawyer’ offering to help her arrange the payment.
Then, came a call from someone posing as South Simcoe Police Chief Andrew Fletcher trying to convince her the previous calls were legitimate.
The woman called police to confirm it was a scam, and Chief Fletcher did not call her.
The South Simcoe Police Service advises residents to keep these tips in mind if you get a call from someone who says you won a prize:
- Never pay for winning a prize or the lottery
- Don’t send money or gift cards to pre-pay taxes, pay a legal fee or any kind of fee to claim a lottery prize
- Be suspicious of callers claiming you’ve won money but ask you to send money
- Never give personal or financial information to a caller you don’t know
- Hang up and verify if the call is legitimate by contacting the organization that called you
- Police will never call you to confirm a lottery win. Always hang up and call the actual police to report the incident
- Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably a scam