Waterloo Regional Police are warning residents to be wary of the lottery scam.
The lottery scam involves fraudsters attempting to scam individuals by telling them they have won a lottery or prize. The victim must pay an upfront fee to claim the money and suffers a financial loss. Such communications can occur through email, mail, telephone, social media or website pop-ups, police said in a release.
The fraudsters usually provide a bank account number to transfer funds or request payment through a money service or prepaid gift cards to claim the prize.
One instance involved a Waterloo resident. The victim received a phone call from an individual identifying themselves as an employee of a company called the “Global Group.” The fraudster had advised the victim that they had won the lottery, and they instructed the victim to transfer $3,000 into a specific bank account to collect their winnings. Later, the victim received two additional phone calls requesting that more money be deposited into an account.
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To protect yourself and others from this scam, consider the following:
- Don’t get flustered. Take time to think. The scammer will make it sound urgent to pressure you.
- Do not confirm any personal or financial information.
- Verify who is calling (offer to call back using the phone number you have for that person).
- Call someone you trust or police for an opinion about the call.
- Do not send any money.
If you believe you have been a victim of a similar scam, you can file a complaint with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or contact Waterloo Regional Police at 519-570-9777.
5:11 PM | Police received a report of a single-vehicle collision in the area of Herrgott Road and Boomer Line in the Township of Wellesley. A vehicle travelling south on Herrgott Road left the roadway and collided with a fence on the east side of the road. Road conditions at the time were icy. There were no injuries reported as a result of this collision and no charges were laid.
6:11 PM | Police were notified of a break-in to a detached garage in the area of Durant Road and St. Charles Street West east of Bloomingdale. Sometime between February 9 and February 11, an unknown suspect(s) entered the garage and took personal property. Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.
8:48 AM | A single-vehicle collision brought police to the area of Hopewell Creek Road and Spitzig Road in Woolwich County. A vehicle heading east left the roadway and struck a metal sign when the driver lost control on the snowy road. No injuries were reported as a result of this collision. A 25-year-old Cambridge man was charged with ‘fail to remain.’
12:48 PM | Waterloo Regional Police received a report of a two-vehicle collision in Woolwich Township. The driver of a Jeep parked on the west shoulder of Arthur Street North made a u-turn to head north and struck a Honda heading north. The Jeep then spun out of control and struck a hydro pole. Paramedics attended the scene to assess non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Jeep, a 47-year-old from Guelph, was charged with ‘start from stopped position – turn not in safety.’
2:34 PM | An 11-year-old Wellesley Township girl was transported to an out-of-region hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries following a collision on a property north of St. Clements that brought emergency crews to the area of Boomer Line and Herrgott Road. The police investigation determined that a snowmobile was towing a female passenger on an inner tube when inner tube left the pathway and struck a tree. The driver, a 56-year-old Wellesley Township man, reported no physical injuries. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Traffic Services Unit at 519-570-9777, ext. 8856 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 with any information.
4:42 PM | Emergency services responded to a single-vehicle collision on Floradale Road at Listowel Road in Woolwich Township. A vehicle was travelling on Floradale Road when the driver lost control and the vehicle slid off the roadway and rolled. The 33-year-old male driver and 30-year-old female passenger, both from Durham Region, were both transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Traffic Services Unit at 519-570-9777 ext. 8856 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 with any information.
7:13 AM | Waterloo Regional Police received a report of a collision at Covered Bridge and Rivers Edge drive in West Montrose. The collision involved a motor vehicle and a horse-drawn buggy. There were no reported physical injuries and no charges laid.
1:40 PM | Emergency services responded to the area of Brubacher Street and Snyder’s Road East in Baden for a report of a shed fire. The Wilmot Fire Department attended and extinguished the fire. There were no physical injuries reported. The fire is not considered suspicious at this time.