(HALDIMAND COUNTY, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Haldimand County Detachment is reminding residents to be extremely careful and cautious when communicating with people online after two females from Haldimand County were scammed for nearly $20,000.00.
On June 29, 2017 a female citizen contacted OPP to report a scam after she had sent $9,000.00 to a male she had met on a dating website.
In this incident, the male and female had been corresponding with one another for over a month when the male told the female victim that he needed $2,000.00 to pay for fines he incurred from a building inspector while working on a project in South Africa.
The male told the female victim that his friend would send her bank drafts that she could deposit into her account and then she would have the money to forward to him.
The female received two bank drafts totalling $9,000.00 and deposited them into her account using an automated teller machine.
The female then transferred $9,000.00 of her money to the male only to find out from her bank the following day that the bank drafts she deposited were counterfeit.
A similar scam method was reported to Haldimand County OPP in April 2017 where a female had sent $9,500.00 to a male in South Africa.
Fraudsters will develop a relationship over an extended period of time to gain the trust of the victim before going after his or her money.
Don’t share your financial situation with anyone and be suspicious of people who are pressing you for that information or requesting money.
For more information on fraud, call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit http://www.antifraudcentre.ca.