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A reminder to protect yourself against fraud

March 10, 2017
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March is Fraud Prevention Month and police and Crime Stoppers continue to remind and warn people about frauds and, in today's world, fraud revolves around computer scams.

Close to home, in Grey County, on March 8th, a victim in Chatsworth gave remote access to an unknown person after her computer had frozen and a pop-up appeared instructing her to call "Elegant Soft Tech Systems". 

She then discovered that her credit card had been charged $409.00. A "Google" search of Elegance Soft Tech Systems revealed that the company was out of India and that there had been similar fraud complaints against it.

There are some very basic tips that should be used to protect against becoming a victim of fraud and one, in particular is to never give out personal or financial information at the door, over the phone, by e-mail or through social media, or to unsecured retail or dating websites.

If you do suspect that you've been a victim of fraud, do not hesitate to contact local police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre through a new, easy to use Fraud Reporting System (FRS).

To report fraud or any crime anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (1-800-222-TIPS) or online at https://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm

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