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Police warn residents about texting scam

Police say a texting scam is making the rounds in Niagara.

The Niagara Regional Police Central Fraud Unit has recently received several reports of a refund scam that has been circulating through text message.

The text message indicates the recipient is entitled to a “TelusRefund” due to overpayments and provides an internet link to proceed.

Police say an investigation has revealed this is a scam and the message is not legitimate.  The public is advised to ignore the message and not follow the URL link.

The Central Fraud Unit has also noticed an increase in several other common scams such as the Canada Revenue Agency, romance, and those involving online classified ads.  Information on these and other scams can be found on the website for the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm.

Often, victims are being asked to make payments through Bitcoin, iTunes cards, Google Play cards, and Internet-based platforms.  Scammers will provide instructions on how to use these methods and encourage victims to make up a story to give retailers, explaining why they are purchasing such quantities.

Police are reminding the public to be cautious when solicited for payments through these methods to unknown persons online.

If anyone feels they have been a victim of a scam, they are encouraged to contact the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre or NRP at 905-688-4111.


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