Crime

Beware of scam ads seeking caregivers for an elderly person

By Louise Sproule

April 23, 2018

The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry OPP have issued a scam alert.

In recent editions of The Winchester Press and The Morrisburg Leader, a classified advertisement from a woman purporting to seek a caregiver for her elderly mother-in-law, who is suffering from dementia, had been featured.

That same advertisement was published once in The Review, which reported it immediately after someone who responded to the ad contacted The Review to describe communications resulting from the ad which seemed vague and suspicious-sounding. The Review sent a copy of the ad to the Ontario Community Newspaper Association in order to warn other newspapers to not accept further, similar advertisements. The same ad has since been published in other local newspapers.

The OPP are confirming that it is a scam and are advising people to not respond to the ad.

The ad was booked and paid for by credit card via email. The payment cleared, and nothing about the submission appeared out of the ordinary.

The culprit’s goal appears to be to obtain personal information, particularly banking records, which may lead to financial loss.

The SD&G OPP received two complaints regarding this and thankfully no money was lost.

A quick Google search finds cases related to this advertisement throughout Canada and the U.S.

Protect yourself from this and other frauds and scams. Don’t give out personal financial details or information over the phone. Don’t believe callers who say they are from your bank or credit card company, if you have a concern go to your bank personally. Educate yourself about banking practices. Banks would never advise you to transfer funds to another outside account to protect your funds. More information on frauds and scams and how to protect yourself can be found online at the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Consumer Protection Ontario, Canadian Bankers Association and the Ontario Provincial Police.

Anyone having information on the above or any crime is asked to call their local OPP detachment or call 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.