Police urge community to be aware of current frauds and scams

Waterloo Regional Police Service has been receiving phone calls in relation to complaints about frauds or scams currently circulating from the community .  

In many of these incidents fraudsters are requesting that money be sent electronically through Western Union or MoneyGram to Jamaica and Africa to release lottery winnings or funds from an inheritance.  

In other cases, fraudsters will say that they are calling from Canada Revenue Agency  and ask for personal and banking information.  Go to http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/menu-eng.html for more information.

Waterloo Regional Police remind the public to be extremely cautious when being contacted by strangers via telephone or the Internet. 

Before providing any personal or financial information, take steps to assure yourself of the legitimacy of the caller.  If in doubt, hang up or delete the email. 

Complaints may be registered with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/english/index.html.   For tips and additional information to prevent fraud, visit our website at http://www.wrps.on.ca/stay-safe/your-personal-safety/fraud-prevention

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