Recently, we have seen several frauds making the rounds and, sadly, people are falling for them. One fraud entails an individual phoning you and claiming you have won some money or some item in a well-known lottery and requests that you send them $ 300.00 as an administration fee to facilitate them getting you your prize. If you send the money, you will never hear from them again and you surely will never see your winnings which never existed in the first place. Another scam is where a stranger phones you and claims you have won a Mercedes and that they want you to send them $ 5,500.00 or some other large amount of money to enable them to deliver the car to your home address.
If you have been contacted in such a fashion please advise our credit union immediately and we will do everything we can to assist you in avoiding a loss or minimizing the loss. Also, please report all such incidences to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Finally, never give any of your personal information to strangers on the phone or on line. Once criminals have your personal information such as your social insurance number, address, account numbers, credit card numbers, etc. they can commit a fraud upon you including identity theft. Remember to call our credit union as soon as you suspect something is not legitimate. We will do our best to help you.