Date: April 19, 2017
The Sarnia Police Service would like to remind the public regarding frauds that direct you to pay money to win a prize you did not ask for.
Individuals will receive calls, letters or even emails advising that they have won some sort of amazing prize and all that has to be done is to pay a processing fee. Unfortunately, once they find that the person is willing to pay, the fraudster will continue to harass and defraud more and more money from the victim making up different excuses each time of why they need to pay. These criminals will prey on the elderly and frail of our society and sound very believable. They ask for money to be sent via money grams or other means (for example Western Union) and will change the location to where the money is sent each time.
We remind people that if you win something, there is no reason for you to pay anything to receive your prize unless you have verified it is a legitimate contest. Also, please do not give out any information that will comprise your identity or banking accounts. If they continue to call, consider blocking their number or emails. Please talk to those around you who you believe may be vulnerable to this and other types of frauds and remind them never to act on anything that sounds too good to be true or if someone is forcing them to pay immediately.
Finally, if someone receives this type of fraud or any type of fraud but no information or money is given out they can advise the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or via their website at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerincident/index-eng.htm .
If money is lost or information exchanged please contact the police.
Constable Giovanni Sottosanti
Tel: 519-344-8861 Ext 6168
Email: [email protected]