Residents continue to fall prey to scammers in the Parry Sound region.
West Parry Sound OPP was called last Wednesday after an alert business employee in Parry Sound noticed a customer making unusual purchases.
The victim was told by Revenue Canada scammers that he owed $6000 and was told to buy Google Play cards.
After buying $750 worth of the cards in one business it wasn’t until the victim’s visit to a second business that police were called in and the scam halted.
In a separate incident, also last Wednesday, a Parry Sound resident was called by a man who said he was investigating a bank employee and asked the victim to buy $2,000 worth of Google Play cards and in return, she would receive a $500 reward for helping with the investigation.
She bought the cards and gave the scammer the card information.
Police are continuing their investigation into that fraud.
A scammer will usually ask for payment through money service businesses, gift cards such as iTunes, Google, or Bitcoin.
No government agency or legitimate business will ask you to do that.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or your local police service and the Canadian Anti‐Fraud Centre at 1‐888‐495‐8501, or report online.