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Monday, January 20, 2020

Police Warn Of Google Play Gift Card Scam

South Simcoe | by Bayshore News Staff  

Officers have recently received several reports of citizens being contacted through their personal computers or via home and/or cell phone by suspects.

South Simcoe Police are reminding residents to be aware of a recent scam involving Google Play Gift Cards.

Officers have recently received several reports of citizens being contacted through their personal computers or via home and/or cell phone by suspects claiming to act on behalf of a government agency or credit company. 

Police say the suspects state that the victim owes money for taxes or outstanding credit card purchases that needs to be paid in order to avoid a significant penalty. 

Then, the suspects will ask the victim to purchase Google Play Gift Cards typically in an amount totaling $500 and scratch the back of the card in order to reveal the code, which is redeemed by the suspect.

Investigators say that in these circumstances the phone numbers and employee names provided by the suspects are completely fictitious.

To safeguard yourself from this crime avoid disclosing personal details or banking your particulars to anyone over the phone or internet. 

If you do fall victim to this scam contact police and report the incident. Know this: government agencies and credit card companies will never ask for gift cards as payment. If you receive such a call, hang up immediately. If you receive a text or email of this nature, delete it.

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