“Emergency Scam” Targets Manitoulin Island Residents

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(LITTLE CURRENT, ON) – On Saturday, January 19, 2019, Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report from a concerned resident from Manitoulin Island, Ontario, reporting a fraud.

Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that the resident received a phone call from a male who was crying hysterically pretending to be the victim’s grandson. He informed the victim that he had been in a motor vehicle collision and needed finances in order to pay for damages and avoid criminal charges. The victim was extremely upset and believed the caller was his grandson. The caller further told the victim that he was not to tell anyone about the situation or it would get worse. The victim received subsequent phone calls and provided funds totalling over $20,000 to a Quebec address.

The Manitoulin OPP is reminding all residents to be extremely vigilant and to be alert for unsolicited calls.

If anyone should receive a call in this manner, please contact your immediate family and inquire if anyone is in need of assistance. Pease do not forward any funds without speaking to family members first.

Modern, tech savvy, scammers have personal information about you before they ever try to contact you. It is imperative to verify unsolicited contact before you respond and provide information. Keep your guard up when you receive a surprise call from anyone soliciting funds and indicating that a loved one is in jail or have been in a serious incident.

For further information the public is invited to a Fraud Prevention seminar on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 10:100 a.m., until 12:00p.m., at the Little Current Library – 50 Meredith Street West, Little Current, Ontario.