Don’t be fooled!
Manypeople, especially seniors, continue to get ripped off by fraudsters. According to officer Aurelie Guindon of the the old scenario where the fake grandson calls his grandparents and asks for money immediately is still going on in the Sherbrooke area.
There is a new fraud game in town that people need to watch out for. After someone dies, the criminals use the information in the death announcement, along with authentic-looking stationary, to send a notice to the family stating that the deceased person has not paid their income taxes and to send a cheque to a particular address. “The government never contacts people for money in that way,” said officer Guindon. “Anyone who is asked for money in a suspicious way should contact the
(819 564-1212) and we will verify the information,” she added. Besides the phone and the mail, criminals also use the internet and fax machines to contact people.