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Friday June 19th, 2015

Posted at 2:01pm

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Police are warning about a phone scam where fraudsters pose as police.

On Tuesday June 16th Windsor Police attended a residence in the city of Windsor for a fraud report.

Officers were met by a 39 year old male who stated that his 73 year old father and 69 year old mother were a victims of a fraud scam.

Investigation revealed that the parents received a call from a male whom they believed was their son. The person advised that he was in an accident and then the phone was passed to a male claiming to be a police officer. The person told them that her son was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic and he was charged with Criminal Negligence.

The phone was then handed to the allegedly lawyer in charge of the file. The person claiming to be the lawyer instructed the parents to send money in order to get the son out of prison and pay for damages to the vehicle.

The person told them to go to the Petro Gas Station to buy prepaid Visa Pivot cards. The parents cooperated and were instructed to scratch the card and provide serial numbers over the phone. She was then advised to cut the cards and mail it to an address along with her receipts. Once the first payment was made she was contacted on two subsequent occasions by the same person. They were advised that there were additional court cost for which they complied.

On a third occasion when the person called the parents advised that the banks were closed and they couldn’t accommodate the request. They started becoming suspicious and contacted their son and realized that they were victims of a fraud scam.

They utilized their line of credit and visa to pay for the cards for a total of $16,500.

The victims believed the callers and were advised not to contact anyone regarding the incident.

Police say in many of these cases the scammers make the victim feel as though it is very urgent to try to make them respond quickly. This lowers the chance of the victim verifying information before it’s too late.

Windsor Police Service are reminding the public to remain vigilant and never give out personal information. They say when in doubt hang up and call a friend, relative or the police for advice in the matter.

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