Norfolk senior loses $37,000 in scam

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A Norfolk County senior citizen is out $37,000 after falling victim to an online scam.

The resident was contacted on social media by a “friend” regarding a humanitarian grant in Texas, and asked if they would like to invest in order to double their money. About $37,000 was forwarded.

The victim then contacted the friend, who had no idea about the message or money request. The victim realized it was a scam and contacted the police.

The OPP is urging everyone to be aware of online scams.

Police tips to avoid scams include:

  • Don’t expect to get rich quick.
  • Be careful with your personal information.
  • Don’t be lured by claims of insider information.
  • Delete and block spam emails.
  • Do your own research and make sure you get all the information you need before you invest and use a reputable person or agency when you decide to invest your hard-earned money.

 

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