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Family loses $4,000 in scam

(Postmedia Network file photo)

(Postmedia Network file photo)

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A Norfolk family was bilked out of $4,000 over the phone last week.

The caller told the family their son was in police custody following a motor-vehicle collision and needed $4,000 in bail money.

The caller told the family that the police service in question would accept payment in Apple gift cards.

The cards were purchased and their verification numbers passed along. Police were called Friday after the family determined that their son was not involved in a legal predicament.

Norfolk OPP remind the public that the best course of action when receiving a cold call for cash is to hang up. When the call regards a family member in medical or legal trouble, confirm with a relative before taking action.

“You work hard for your money, so work hard to protect it,” Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said Monday in a news release.

“Do not hand it over to a smooth-talking con artist. Fraud is a multi-billion dollar business that will only stop when the con artists stop making money.”