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Tuesday May 28th, 2013

Posted at 1:43pm

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Windsor Police are following up on a number of complaints regarding incidents on local classifieds website Kijiji.

Police say that in each complaint, an advertisement has requested a person submit their personal information for either a home rental application, or a job application. Once the information has been provided, the individual collecting the information has attempted to open credit cards in the name of the applicant and the advertisement is taken down. If the incident involved a rental application, Police say the request was to pay the first and last month’s rent through Western Union.

Police say it is unknown if there is a single individual or multiple parties responsible for these incidents. The true location of these parties is unknown as multiple email addresses have been used. A person determined to commit a fraud is able to hide behind email addresses that appear to be legitimate. The emails containing victims’ personal information can be routed to any place in the world and can be used for a number of illegal activities.

Police say Kijiji and other websites serve a legitimate purpose in connecting persons for the exchange of goods and services.

They say their Financial Crimes Branch would like to remind the public the provision of personal information to unknown persons can lead to a stolen identity, which is the key to credit history and money.

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