On Thursday, February 8, 2018 members from the Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police received a report of a Fraud.
Police were notified that the victim had received a phone call on February 7, 2018 from a male claiming to be a lawyer. The individual advised the victim that her daughter had been in a motor vehicle collision in which she was at fault for. The caller advised the victim that money was required in order to relieve her daughter of charges. Subsequently, the victim made 2 payments of $10,000 and $7,000 to the caller.
Caledon OPP would like to notify the public not to send money to anyone you do not know and trust. Always verify a person’s identity before you take any steps to help. Remember, scammers are counting on the fact that you will want to act quickly to help your loved ones in an emergency.
It is important that you do not give out any personal information to someone over the phone- particularly if you do not know who is on the other end of the line. If you receive a similar phone call as this one, please investigate the matter before you act. Ask the person questions that only your loved one would be able to answer and contact other family/friends to verify the story.
Remember this golden rule: Never hand over money or personal information, or sign anything until you have done your homework and checked the credentials of whomever you are dealing with.