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Citizen defrauded of $1750.00

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Citizen defrauded of $1750.00 in the RCMP Social Insurance fraud scheme.

On Tuesday September 24th, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Aylmer Police Service investigated a fraud incident involving a 21-year-old female victim from Aylmer. An individual purporting to be an RCMP employee called the victim indicating that her social insurance has been compromised and used in a credit card scheme. The caller then asked her how much money she had in her account and she volunteered the information. She was then instructed and attended at one of the local stores to purchase google play cards for the amount of $1750.00 and she provided the caller with the codes. The caller then advised her that she would receive a certified cheque from the RCMP for the reimbursement.

Every year, thousands of Canadians fall victim to fraud, losing significant amount of money. Most don’t think it could happen to them, but fraudsters use sophisticated and aggressive tactics to target people of all ages. Citizens need to understand that government agencies are not in a business of receiving payments via google play cards. If you receive a suspicious call from someone representing a government agency, do not provide banking information or obtain cards for the caller. Simply hang up or report the incident to your local police.