Fisherville resident defrauded of $1,200

FISHERVILLE—Haldimand OPP is reminding the public to be vigilant after a Fisherville resident was defrauded of $1,200 in gift cards.   

On September 27, 2021 at 8:50 a.m. OPP received a report of a fraud. 

OPP learned that the victim received a phone call from a male party who identified himself as “John Snow” and that he was a part of the “Mega Millions”. 

He also stated that his friend was with the FBI.

The victim was told to purchase $1,200 in gift cards to win a prize. 

The victim then purchased the gift cards and gave the numbers to the male on the phone.

After speaking with a family member, the victim realised it was a fraudulent transaction and called police, but it was too late. There was no way of tracking down the unknown persons who defrauded them.

OPP is reminding the public to be aware of the warning signs, never give out any personal information to someone you don’t know, and always verify all contact information and not just call a number or email that some unknown person provides you with. The name on the caller display may be fraudulent. 

Give yourself some time to complete your own search.

To learn about ways to protect yourself from scams and frauds, the OPP encourages community members to stay educated on fraud prevention.

The “Little Black Book of Scams” can be found at the link below: 

competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/03074.html.

If you are the recipient of a fraudulent call, text, or email, or if you’ve been a victim of a fraud, you are encouraged to report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by calling 1-888-495-8501 or visit 

antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.