Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:05 am ·  0 Comments
An Oakville senior who was contacted by telephone by an individual claiming to be investigating illegal purchases on his credit card was coerced into sending over $8900 by wire transfer to China.
On March 5th the senior was contacted by an unknown individual on the telephone stating he was investigating fraudulent activity on his credit card in China, and the RCMP was also assisting with the investigation. The man allowed the caller remote access to his computer and online banking and then the caller requested the male wire transfer money to China to assist the RCMP in tracking it. The caller then instructed the senior to make separate withdrawals from three bank branches in order to avoid detection. Once the man had made the withdrawals he was advised to attend four different Money Marts in the area and wire transfer the funds to China. The victim transferred over $8900 as instructed by the suspect.
The fraudulent activity was halted when the victim’s bank alerted him to the fraud based on the unusual withdrawals from his account.
The Halton Regional Police Service is reminding citizens to be vigilant against any individuals seeking access to your personal computer or pushing a fictitious scam requesting you to send money via wire transfer.
Do not send money by wire transfer to anyone you are not familiar with.
Anyone aware of a crime or has additional information is asked to call the Halton Regional Police Services at 905-825-4747, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).