An elderly Barrie resident has lost thousands of dollars believing they had won a Publishers Clearing House prize.
Barrie Police say scammers called to say the victim had won a third prize of $3,000,000 but would have to pay a one-time fee of $3,500 to allow the prize money to be changed from U.S. to Canadian currency.
The fee was deposited into an account as instructed. The scammers then asked for another $45,000 to cover taxes and customs expenses.
The victim called relatives for help with the payment. They called the police instead.
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Barrie Police advise you should never have to pay for a prize to receive it.
If you receive a call like this, simply hang up. Better still, if you don’t recognize the phone number, don’t answer the phone.