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Police warn public about current scams

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

By Dryden Observer Staff

Dryden Police are investigating two reports of fraud this week.

A local couple called the Dryden Police to report that they believed they had been defrauded by a person posing as a Hydro One employee, who told them that a payment of $2000.00 was required, or their hydro was going to be disconnected. Payment was to be made by Pay Power Visa cards through Western Union at Safeway. Fortunately, they contacted the Police shortly after sending payment, and were able to stop the transactions. While at Safeway, an employee there reported that someone had come to the store earlier in the day to make the same type of payment. Hydro One has been contacted and they say they did not make the call to the customer.

The second fraud reported was the “Grandparent Scam”, where a local family was contacted by a male reporting to be their nephew, living in China stating he had been charged with impaired driving and required financial assistance. Money was sent via Visa gift cards. At this point, it appears that some of the money may be recovered through Visa.

Residents are urged to contact the Dryden Police Service if they are contacted and asked to send money to someone, particularly through Western Union, or by purchasing Pay Power Visa cards.


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