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March is fraud prevention month

By: Brayden Hnatiuk
Posted: March 4, 2021 17:17

The campaign aims to help you stand up to scammers

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Frauds continue to be very prevalent today, with fraudsters coming up with new ways to steal money all the time.

In recent weeks, Brandon Police Service say they've received several complaints from victims who have been asked to purchase Google Play cards.  Often the victim’s believe they are dealing with a legit company or business, such as a bank or credit card company, and usually the victim is contacted by an automated phone call.

In recent scenarios, victims receive a phone call alerting them to unauthorized purchases on their credit card.  Believing the caller to be legit, the victim then follows the instructions; purchases the Google Play cards, then provided the number on the card to the fraudster.  The fraudster is then able to use the card number to make purchases, which are difficult to trace.  The victim is now without the money they used to spend on the Google Play cards.

In similar frauds, victims are asked to purchase Bitcoin, Gift Cards, and iTunes cards.

If you receive one of these calls, make sure you do not give out any personal information, hang up, and call police.

For more information on fraud trends and how to protect yourself, visit Home (antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca).

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