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Scammer Gets $150,000

(ELGIN COUNTY, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Elgin County Detachment is investigating a recent report of fraud in the Municipality of Central Elgin.

On October 5, 2023, Elgin County OPP was contacted by a resident of the Municipality of Central Elgin who reported losing more than $150,000 in an investment fraud over a period of two months starting in July 2023.

The victim explained to police that they were referred to an investment opportunity by an individual who they had met on a social media platform. The victim made a series of investments over a period of two months and when attempting to make a withdrawal of funds was only permitted access to a limited dollar amount.

The victim then contacted another agency claiming to be “Legal Services in Canada” to initiate an investigation and was informed that the initial lost could be recovered but a sum of money was required for fees and taxes. After paying the requested sum, the victim discovered that this too was a fraud, and contacted the police.

The investigation is on-going.

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