"Emergency Scam" Claims More Local Victims

OPP- Pembroke

The OPP are sending out a warning about a popular scam that's surfacing again locally.

It usually involves a victim getting a frantic phone call or emergency email from someone claiming to be a relative or loved one, saying they need money right away for legal trouble, a vehicle collision, serious injury, or help returning from a foreign country.

Upper Ottawa Valley OPP say two local residents have recently lost "significant amounts of money" to this type of scam.

Police are urging everyone to verify stories and to never provide personal or banking information over the phone.

"With the emergency scam, the scammer attempts to create a sense of urgency which may cause the victim to not verify the story", warns the OPP in a news release.

"The scammer will often insist that the victim not tell anyone and to transfer the money that has been requested through a money transfer company. Also, many scammers want to trick you into providing your banking and personal information. In fact, the criminals will fraudulently use your personal information to steal your money".

You can contact local police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) if you think you've been targeted.

You can file a report with the CAFC by calling 1-888-495-8501 (Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm EST) or by using their online reporting tool at www.antifraudcentre.ca