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Norfolk OPP warns residents about lottery scam

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Ontario Provincial Police, Norfolk County Detachment reminds all residents if they receive a call indicating 'you have won a large amount of currency from an International Lottery or a new vehicle,' hang up the phone. This is a SCAM.

On Tuesday, August 4, at approximately 10:47 a.m., an elderly resident of Norfolk County received several calls from unknown individuals indicating that the homeowner had won a $1.5 million lottery.

The unknown caller then requested that $2,500 be sent through a money transfer service to an address in order to cover the taxes so the prize could be released. The funds were NOT sent.

Police urge all residents to be aware of unsolicited calls representing legitimate companies or organizations.

Don’t become a statistic. Fraud is a multi-billion dollar enterprise that will only stop when the scammers stop getting money, banking information or personal information. The best thing to do is to simply hang up the phone.

If any groups or businesses in Norfolk County would like to have a presentation completed regarding Scams and Frauds / Identity Theft prevention, contact Provincial Constable Ed Sanchuk at the Norfolk County Detachment at 519-426-3434.

For more information on fraud, call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or http://www.antifraudcentre.ca.

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