Scam­mer up­sets Nor­folk se­nior

Simcoe Reformer - - NEWS -

It’s an un­for­tu­nate fact of life, but if some­one phones and says you’ve won the lot­tery or a car, chances are you are speak­ing to a crim­i­nal.

“Hang up the phone,” the Nor­folk OPP said this week in a news re­lease.

“It’s a scam.”

The OPP say an el­derly res­i­dent in Nor­folk called po­lice up­set this week af­ter re­ceiv­ing sev­eral calls say­ing they had won sev­eral lot­ter­ies. Prizes in­cluded a $1-mil­lion jack­pot and a new ve­hi­cle.

The caller said they were based in Toronto but were on their way to Nor­folk to de­liver the prizes. “Of­fi­cers at­tended the ad­dress due to the vic­tim be­ing ex­tremely up­set and afraid this par­tic­u­lar in­di­vid­ual would ar­rive at their home,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesper­son for the Nor­folk OPP, said in a news re­lease.

“The OPP warn all Nor­folk res­i­dents that if any­one should re­ceive a call from an un­known per­son in­di­cat­ing you have won any type of lot­tery or new ve­hi­cle to please hang up the phone. “Don’t be­come a statis­tic. Fraud is a multi- bil­lion en­ter­prise that will only stop when the scam­mers stop get­ting money, bank­ing in­for­ma­tion and per­sonal in­for­ma­tion. The best thing to do is to sim­ply hang up the phone.”

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