(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) – On Friday, May 7, 2021, at approximately 10:47 a.m., the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Norfolk County Detachment investigated a fraud after being called to a Norfolk County address.
It was determined that a local resident had been contacted through a social media platform and informed that they had won an $800,000 prize. Between January 1, 2020 and May 7, 2021, the victim forwarded approximately $150,000 in E-Transfers using a Bit-Coin website. The victim realized that this was in fact a scam and contacted police.
Scammers are increasingly using email and other online social media applications as a means of communication to target potential victims. The OPP are warning all residents to be on the lookout for unsolicited messages claiming that you have won a prize as a result of being a new account holder of any new media platform that was recently downloaded to your devices. If you receive a suspicious message from anyone claiming that you won a large sum of money or new vehicle, simply delete the message and do NOT send any money.
Members of the Norfolk County OPP Crime Unit are continuing to investigate and is seeking the public’s assistance with this investigation. If anyone has any information they are being asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.