Don’t be fooled!

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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