Yet another instance of someone pretending to be a police officer. This time, it was over the phone.
Wellington County OPP report a homeowner got a call from the 'Mount Forest Detachment' on Wednesday afternoon.
A fraudster was allegedly using the detachment's old phone number and claimed to be a police officer.
The imposter then told the victim that they were under investigation for bank fraud, and the only way to protect their money was to drain their account, buy pre-paid credit cards, and tell the 'officer' the numbers.
The victim abided, and lost $2,000.
Police said the suspect spoke with an accent and was using the alias of 'David Campbell'.
"The Wellington County OPP has received two similar type incidents in the last few hours and want the public to be aware - this is a fraud," said a release.
OPP also provided the following tips:
- Remember - the OPP does not conduct investigations then solicit money - EVER. This includes gift cards and prepaid VISA / Mastercards.
- Suspects will be extremely demanding and persuasive on the phone and will use computer generated apps to make it look like they are calling from legitimate businesses - such as the OPP.
- Never provide any personal information including SIN, date of birth or any banking information over the phone to anyone that you don't know.
- For more information on fraud, members of the public can call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit http://antifraudcentre.ca.
- If you are ever unsure if you are speaking with an actual OPP police officer hang-up and call the non-emergency OPP number at 1-888-310-1122.