Local residents fall victim to Amazon, Microsoft fraud scams

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Police remind residents that no legitimate business will request payment in gift cards

NEWS RELEASE

SOUTH SIMCOE POLICE SERVICE

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The South Simcoe Police Service wants to make the public aware of recent frauds reported to us involving fake Amazon and Microsoft employees.

In one occurrence, a Bradford woman received a phone call from a fake Amazon employee saying there was fraudulent activity on her Amazon account. The caller said she could correct the fraudulent activity by filling out a link they would send to her.

The victim provided her email address and a link was sent to her which she filled out with her personal information. When the form was complete the caller advised the woman they made an error and refunded her an incorrect amount of over $10,000.

The victim was told this could be corrected if she sent the caller several thousand dollars in Google Play gift cards to avoid being taxed…

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