Ongoing inheritance letter scam
A complainant visited North Bay Police Service headquarters yesterday to provide police with a scam letter that was mailed to the complainant’s residence.
The North Bay Police Service reminds residents not to fall victim to this ongoing “inheritance letter” scam that describes the recent death of a fictitious wealthy foreigner who shares the recipient’s last name. The letter lures the recipient into providing personal information to the letter writer in order to cash in on the attractive inheritance. The fraudster’s ultimate goal is to either steal the victim’s identity or money.
Report fraud to the CAFC
If you receive a scam letter such as the one described, do not respond. Report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or online at: www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is Canada’s central repository for data, intelligence and resource material as it relates to fraud. The CAFC’s primary goals are prevention through education and awareness, disruption of criminal activities, dissemination of intelligence, support to law enforcement and strengthening partnerships between the private and public sectors with the aim of maintaining Canada’s strong economic integrity.