A person in Terrace has lost approximately $60 000 in what is commonly referred to as the Lottery/Sweepstakes scam.
“Never give money, credit card information, and personal information to people that solicit you,” said Terrace RCMP Constable Angela Rabut of the loss.
“If they claim to be from a legitimate company reach out to that company via contact information from a trusted source like the company’s website or a phone book. Don’t follow links to the company’s website. More than likely it is a phishing website, which is a website that is made to look like the real deal but isn’t,” she said.
The person was promised a brand new Mercedes and 2.9 million dollars from a company claiming to be the Canadian Cash Sweepstakes, the constable added.
“The person was told that delivery could not be made till fees were paid. Each time delivery day approached another reason was given to the person as to how delivery could not be made till more fees were paid. This spiraled into thousands being lost.”
Tips from the Canada Anti-Fraud Center to Protect Yourself
Legitimate lotteries do not require you to pay a fee or tax to collect winnings.
Never send money to anybody you don’t know and trust.
Don’t provide personal banking details to anyone that you do not know and trust.
Examine all of the terms and conditions of any offer very carefully—claims of free or very cheap offers often have hidden costs. Calls to premium rate phone numbers or premium text messages can be very expensive.
Did I enter this contest? You cannot win money or a prize in a contest unless you have entered it yourself, or someone else has entered it on your behalf.
For more information on how to protect yourself from fraud visit the Canada Anti-Fraud Center on line. If you would like a presentation on fraud presentation to your community group contact the Terrace RCMP at 250-638-7400.