South Simcoe Police are investigating three separate online frauds after the victims realized they’d been scammed.
The first scam was on June 12th, when a Bradford woman was scammed by a fake computer repair advisory that popped up on her laptop. She called the repair number and gave them remote access to her computer, where the suspects were able to access her banking information and passwords. She was charged $245 for the service call and realized she had been scammed.
In the second scam, a Bradford resident received an email from “Revenue Canada” about owing an amount on her recently filed taxes. After clicking the link and providing personal information, she realized she was scammed.
In the third case, a man from Bradford was ripped off in a Kijiji fraud. Police say he wanted to purchase a motorcycle, so he forwarded $500 to an Ottawa fraudster in order to hold the motorcycle for purchase. After forwarding the cash, the victim became suspicious and later found the same bike for sale in another province.
Police are telling these stories to warn locals to educate themselves. Visit the Canadian anti-fraud website for more information.