3/20/2017 11:44:33 AM

Scammers are apparently continuing to plague the Kawartha Lakes region, after three separate fraud incidents were reported to police with losses totaling more than $65,000.

In all of the incidents, social media was used to victimize the area residents out of thousands of dollars. Kawartha Lakes Police report that area residents falling prey to scammers continue to plague the area after three separate frauds were reported to police over the weekend with losses totalling more than $65,000.

In the first reported incident police learned that an area resident had been contributing money to a person who had contacted them over social media. The female fraudster had requested funds to attend school as she had received a scholarship to an area University. It is estimated that the victim sent the female more than $20,000 since November of 2016.

The second incident involved a twist on the romance and inheritance scam. The victim was befriended by a young female who contacted them through social media and over a nine month period sent the female in excess of $45,000 through MoneyGram and Western Union. The female at one point indicated that she required money to free up an inheritance, which once would give her the ability to pay the victim back. The victim was also contacted by a person posing as notary for the estate of the females deceased father.

The last victim lost a $500.00 deposit that had been forwarded to a seller on Kijiji. The victim was interested in purchasing a truck that was reported to have been in the Ottawa area. The victim sent the alleged owner of the vehicle the deposit and later learned that a number of other Kijiji users had also been defrauded by the same scam.

Police, once again, encourage area residents to be vigilant with anyone who is requesting you sent them money. Take the time to check out who is requesting the money and do not provide any personal information over your computer or telephone until the source of the request has been confirmed.

You can do your part by spreading the word about any fraud you hear about to friends and family. Awareness is key to prevention! Please remember if it seems too good to be true, it is! Information regarding frauds can be accessed on the Kawartha Lakes Police website at www.klps.ca or through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at http://www.antifraudcentre.ca.

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