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A Pembroke woman has been targeted by scammers using the premise of a family emergency.

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On Nov. 5 an incident was reported to the Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police in which a local woman had received a call telling her that her daughter had been involved with police and was in custody. The scammer was attempting to make arrangement for the release of their daughter and asked that $9,000 be sent immediately to facilitate the court process. The scammer identified himself as a police officer. A person claiming to be the daughter then spoke on the call while crying and asking this be kept secretive to avoid further trouble.

The OPP said the intended victim did not transfer the money and contacted several family members to get assistance with the suspicious call. The Pembroke woman contacted their daughter and confirmed she had not been involved in any such incident.

The Upper Ottawa Valley detachments along with detachments from across the East Region remind people to be aware of frauds and scams. Police said to take the time to conduct research, ask questions and take time before sending gift cards or money.

The OPP’s ‘red flags’ to help identify frauds and scams:

  • Often there will be a request not to tell anyone, to keep the request for money or gift cards a secret
  • A request for gift cards or cryptocurrency
  • An ‘urgent’ request for action or information
  • A request for banking information
  • Unsolicited attempts at selling…

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