(PERTH EAST, ON) – The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reminds public to be vigilant after a Perth East business was defrauded $150,000US.
On September 21, 2022, police responded to fraud incident at a business located on Line 34 in the Township of Perth East.
During the investigation, it was determined that a local business was working with a vender located in Burlington, Ontario to purchase a machine. The buyer sent a wire transfer to the vender via the email they were using to communicate. Allegedly the vender’s email was hacked, and the suspect was communicating on that email to the victim. The vender never received the money transfer.
The investigation is ongoing.
OPP is reminding the public to be aware of the warning signs, and to never give out any personal information to someone you don’t know. Always verify all contact information and don’t just call a number or email and address that some unknown person provides you with. The name on the caller display may be fraudulent. Give yourself some time to complete your own research. If someone calls you and identifies themselves as a bank representative, hang up and call your local branch to verify the call is legitimate.
To learn about ways to protect yourself from scams and frauds, the OPP encourages community members to stay educated on fraud prevention.