LETHBRIDGE: It is a reminder which Regional Police have put out many times before but, it's
worth repeating: "If something sounds too good to be true, it is".
Unfortunately, a local woman has been defrauded out of nearly $5,000 in a
The victim was contacted through Facebook and told if she "friended" a
particular individual that she would get a cash prize of $100,000.
The woman sent the friend request and was contacted by a man who claimed to
work for Facebook and the U.S. Government. The suspect told her that in order
to claim the prize she had to send money to cover Customs, IRS and insurance
The victim wired an initial payment but was contacted several more times and
asked for more money, which she wired to people in the U-S. However, no prize
money was ever received.
Police remind the public to be wary of prize
pitches and other advance payment scams where prizes or cash are offered, but
the “winner” is asked to pay fees upfront in order to receive it.
For more information about common scams visit the
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca