On January 6, 2021, officers with the Renfrew OPP Detachment responded to a lottery scam fraud where the victim was advised through a social media app they were the winners of $75,000. The victim was told to pay a fee in order to receive their winnings. The victim made those payments by purchasing gift cards and forwarding the PIN numbers to an unknown individual.
The Renfrew OPP is reminding the public to take precautions and not to send money or other forms of payment to unknown sources.
If you believe you have become a victim of fraud, contact your local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 (toll-free) or report online at www.antifraudcentre.ca. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or report the incident online at www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca.