The Woodstock Police Service is warning the public about a couple of scams in the area; the romance scam and a rebate scam related to the Carbon Tax.
WOODSTOCK - Woodstock Police are warning the public about a couple of scams making the rounds locally.
A 39 year old woman from the Friendly City recently lost $2,200 after falling victim to a romance scam. The woman met a man on Instagram posing as a Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces. He told her that he needed money to get back to Canada while he was stuck overseas.
Police are also investigating several reports of a rebate scam related to the Carbon Tax. Several people have gotten a call from a scammer to advise the potential victim that they did not get a rebate for the Carbon Tax. The victim is then told that they would attend their house the following day at 4:00 pm.
Police are reminding the public to be cautious about giving out personal information to unknown people over the phone or online and especially to educate older adults and children about not allowing strangers in their home.
If you have been a victim of fraud, contact the Woodstock Police Service at 519-537-2323. If you wish to report a fraud, but no money was lost, report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at www.antifraudcentre.ca or 1-888-495-8500.