Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police are investigating an occurrence of scams that cost a Picton business $15,000 in crypto currency.
The OPP got a report Thursday, Sept. 2, OPP) got a report of a fraud from a Picton noting it got a call from someone impersonating a fire inspector.
“The suspect fire inspector inquired from business and advised that the suspect would be participating in the business to examine the properties,” stated Aaron Miller, PEC OPP Neighborhood Security Officer. “The suspect then recommended the workers they were in violation and would be dealing with a considerable fine. The suspect then asked for a partial payment to prevent further repercussions. Staff members transferred around $15,000 through crypto currency to the suspect.”
As the investigation continues, OPP remind business owners to ask concerns prior to sending cash.
“Ought to somebody claim to be an inspector, request credentials. A request for crypto currency needs to be a red flag,” said Miller.
To find out more, check out the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre’s site. If ever unsure, contact OPP at 1.888.310.1122 or Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue at 613.476.2345.
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