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Brant County OPP issue warning of online trading fraud

Brant OPPBrant County OPP issue warning of online trading fraud

Brant County OPP is currently investigating a significant case of online trading fraud reported by a local resident. The individual, who had been engaged in online trading for the several months, recently discovered that their account had been suspended for alleged insider trading. The notice they received demanded a payment of 20% of their account balance to validate and reopen the account.

The resident had invested approximately $200,000 into this trading account. Suspicions of fraud arose when the notice for payment was received mid-June. Recognizing the potential scam, the individual immediately contacted the OPP for assistance.

Warning to the Public: Be Cautious of Online Scams

Brant County OPP is urging all community members to exercise extreme caution when dealing with online trading platforms and other financial services offered over the internet. Fraudsters often use sophisticated techniques to appear legitimate, making it easy to fall victim to these scams.

Tips to Avoid Online Trading Scams:

  1. Verify Legitimacy: Always verify the legitimacy of the trading platform or financial service before investing any money. Check for reviews, regulatory licenses, and consult financial authorities.
  2. Be Skeptical of Unsolicited Offers: Be wary of unsolicited offers or messages promising high returns with little risk.
  3. Do Not Share Personal Information: Avoid sharing personal or financial information online unless you are certain of the recipient’s authenticity.
  4. Report Suspicious Activity: If you suspect you have been targeted by a scam, report it to your local police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre immediately.

For more information or to report suspicious activities, please contact Brant County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.The Brant County OPP is committed to protecting the community from fraud and ensuring the safety of all residents. We encourage everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to help prevent further instances of fraud.

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