(WASAGA BEACH, ON.) – The members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind the public to use extra caution when dealing with transactions over the internet, especially if you are not familiar with the internet company.
On March 23, 2017, members of the Huronia West (OPP) responded to a report that a resident in the Town of Wasaga Beach attempted to purchase an item from an internet company they were not familiar with. During this transaction the resident received a cheque that had a different company name on it than the internet company they were dealings with. In addition correspondence with the cheque told the resident to cash the cheque and to and give the rest to an individual who was to deliver the product that was ordered.
The Wasaga Beach residence became suspicious and first approached their financial institution and discovered that the cheque was real but stolen! This resident then reported it to the Police.
The Huronia West OPP remind the public that most frauds or scams rely on greed and urgency and the best way to avoid becoming a victim is to stay alert and to educate yourself.
The following agencies can be helpful:
- The Ontario Provincial Police provides helpful safety tips including those on fraud prevention at: www.opp.ca
- The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at: http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm
Please remember you cannot win a contest you never entered and if it is too good to be true, it probably isn’t!