On 23rd of July 2020 at 10:49 pm. Aylmer police received a complaint from a 62 year old Aylmer resident reporting an attempted $4000.00 fraud. Investigation revealed that a male purporting to be a visa representative called her advising that her credit card was compromised during Amazon purchases. The male attempted to get the victim to complete the transaction by instructing her to purchase google play cards and bitcoins. Fortunately, the female contacted her banking institution who were able to block the transaction resulting in no money lost.
Frauds such as this are on the rise and residents are reminded that;
- Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a government official, a family member, a charity, or a company you do business with. Do not send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request — whether it comes as a text, a phone call, or an email.
- Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake caller ID information, so the name and number you see are not always real. If someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. If you think the caller might be telling the truth, call back to a number you know is genuine.
- Someone might ask you to pay in advance for things like debt relief, credit and loan offers, mortgage assistance, or a job. They might even say you have won a prize, but first you have to pay taxes or fees. If you do, they will probably take the money and disappear.
- Before you give up your money or personal information, talk to someone you trust. Con artists want you to make decisions in a hurry. They might even threaten you. Slow down, check out the story, do an online search, consult an expert — or just tell a friend.
- If you answer the phone and hear a recorded sales pitch, hang up. These calls are illegal, and often the products are bogus. Do not press one to speak to a person or to be taken off the list. That could lead to more calls.
- Review your monthly statements for charges you do not recognize.