Lindsay senior a victim of ‘gift card’ fraud
The Kawartha Lakes Police Service is investigating after a 74-year-old female from Lindsay became a victim to a gift card scam.
The initial investigation has determined that on September 12 the victim received a “pop-up” on her computer claiming her computer had crashed and was directed to call a telephone number. She made contact with an individual who advised her computer had been hacked, if she did not attend the bank and withdraw cash, her bank account would be cleared out by scammers.
After withdrawing money from her account, the victim received a second call from scammer and was directed to purchase gift cards totaling $10,000. The victim attended multiple businesses in Lindsay purchasing $4500 in cards and provided the gift card numbers to the scammers. After being questioned about the purchases by a number of alert clerks, the victim reported the fraud.
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