Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reminds and urges residents not to disclose any personal and or financial information to anyone you don't know or trust, over the phone, via the internet, in the mail, or in person.
This reminder comes after two seniors in Grey County were scammed out of thousands of dollars in a credit card scam.
On September 14, a Georgian Bluffs resident received a phone call from an unknown individual advising her that her credit card had been compromised by a VISA employee. She was asked to assist in an internal investigation by sending moneygram transfers. During the course of a week, the victim sent over $8,000 in moneygrams and $13,000 worth of iTunes gift cards to India.
Another resident in the Municipality of Meaford fell victim to the same scam, sending nearly $5,000 in moneygrams and gift card transfers overseas.
Protect yourself by recognizing a scam. Do not take immediate action. Regardless of who the caller claims to represent, never divulge personal information over the phone.
For more information and tips on how to prevent fraud, visit the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre website at www.antifraudcentre.ca.