Kemptville Ontario Provincial Police reporting that citizens in Grenville County saw a ‘friends email’ scam pop up this week, however, luckily no money was lost because the resident knew to report it instead of acting on the request. How this works is you receive and email stating “urgent request from a friend”. The misleading thing is you receive this email from the REAL email address of a REAL friend of yours. This time the scammer asked for her to pick up some Amazon cards and then send a picture of the scratched-off bar code on the back of the card. Even the email headers look correct. A clue to look for is poorly-written English, say police. The request of iTunes cards or similar tender should also be a red flag.
At this point it is safe to assume the email account has been hacked and passwords should then be updated. To prevent this from re-occurring you are urged to change your password regularly.
You can file a complaint through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or online at www.tipsubmit.com
If you are a victim of a fraud or scam or unsure if it is a scam, contact your local police.