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Friday, December 14, 2018

Online Scam Bilks Central Huron Senior Out Of Thousands

Central Huron | by Fadi Didi  

OPP say scammers requested bank information, gift cards before authorities contacted.

Police are warning about online scams, after a Central Huron senior was bilked out of thousands.

Police say the victim was first contacted in late November, after receiving a text message claiming he was entitled to a refund.

Reports say the victim contacted scammers by phone, and allowed access to his bank account information.

According to reports, the scammers then asked the victim to purchase $6,400 in iTunes and Google Play gift cards, and provide fraudsters with the redemption codes.

When the scammers requested an electronic cash transfer from the post office, that is when police say the victim became suspicious, and called authorities.

Officers say the victim only lost $3,400 because his credit card company identified one transaction as fraudulent.

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