The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are warning the public and continue to raise public awareness on various fraud schemes in the area resulting from a recent phone scam in the Town of Mississippi Mills.
The victim in this case received a phone call from a male party claiming to be a lawyer by the name of Walter Green. The person calls the victim(s) to inform them that their son has been in an accident and is in jail charged with impaired driving. The caller then tells the victim that in order for their son to be released on bail all they have to do is wire a money order of a specified amount to Western Union.
In this case the victim sent a $4100.00 dollar money order to Western Union only to find out they had been defrauded by the phone scam.
OPP say you can protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim against such a scheme by NOT sending any monies to anyone until you confirm the call is legitimate. If in doubt the OPP advise you to call your local police service to confirm the information.
Anyone with information regarding this case or any other fraudulent scheme is asked to contact the Lanark County Crime Unit at 613-267-2626 or 1-888-310-1122.