Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) warn of the dangers and advise of a new trend when it comes to online scams demanding payment for fines for a traffic violation.
E-mails and texts are being sent aimlessly and are advising the recipient that there is an unpaid provincial fine which they need to pay. A link is also provided to click on which gives the account holder information on how to make payment for the outstanding fine.
It is also believed that by clicking on any link contained in the email or text, malware is loaded onto your device, which could damage your device or allow access to your device’s protected information.
Never click a hyperlink from any unknown sources, and never provide personal information or money unless you are sure of the person or business you are dealing with. Please delete these emails and texts once they are received.
For more information or to report a scam/fraud visit www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or call 1-888-495-8501.
If you or a business suspects you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your local police service, report it to the OPP online at http://www.opp.ca/index.php?id=132, by cellphone (*677) or through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) at https://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm
Please share the news with family and friends to make everyone is aware of scams and frauds and ensure that no one you know becomes a victim.