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Beware: ’emergency’ scam spreading across Muskoka

BRACEBRIDGE — Scam: stupid crimes against the misguided.

Sound familiar?

It’s hard for police and most casual observers to believe the phone scams that work – and people actually give away their money.

Whether it’s with computers: “Hi, your Windows software needs an update ….”

Or: “This is your bank, we’re doing a security check ….”

Has the phone rung and someone says they’re with the Canada Revenue Agency: “And you owe us money, or else we’re coming after you ….”

Then there’s the latest one going around Muskoka.

It’s not new, but it appears to working.

OPP are warning residents to be aware of this ongoing fraud activity that is occurring in Muskoka.

They say police receive calls daily about different frauds that are being reported, and most recently there has been much talk about the CRA scam.

Fraudsters try to intimidate and scare people into giving money after threats of criminal charges and arrests are made.

The “emergency” scam is on the rise again.

A victim receives a call from a person that they are led to believe is a lawyer, police officer or bondsperson claiming that there’s an emergency and the victim’s family member needs cash to get out of jail or have bail posted.

One version goes where a grandparent is contacted about a grandson.

Your real names are used, and even grandson sounds like the real person.

“But don’t tell mom and dad, or I’ll be in big trouble.”

Just send cash, the caller says – and now.

The objective is to play on the victim’s emotional reaction and the scammer could then have the victim purchase gift cards or similar and then call them back with the codes. Victims have lost thousands of dollars when they fall prey to this type of scam.

Police are encouraging people to take some precautionary steps before following the scammers instructions:

– Slow things down, given a bit of time you may realize that the request is suspicious;

– Don’t feel pressured to make a decision right away;

– Check for accuracy – call family members or the police to fact check;

If you suspect you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, contact your local police service or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at https://www.tipsubmit.com/.

 

 

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