The Peterborough Police Service is warning residents about an Ontario Lottery scam that is circulating in our area.
During the week of September 7, the week of September 14 and twice on September 29, 2015 the victim, a 69-year-old woman, received a phone call from a person pretending to be with the Ontario Lottery. The person on the phone initially told the victim she had won $1 million and upped the winnings during subsequent phone calls to $2 million. During the phone call on September 29 the scammer on the phone told the victim they were coming to her home to present her with a cheque and flowers. The scammers asked the victim when she would be home to accept the delivery.
The victim did not divulge any information to the fraudsters and suspected it was a scam as she had not purchased any lottery tickets recently. The victim reported the incidents to a family member who subsequently reported the incident through our non-emergency online reporting system found on our website at www.peterboroughpolice.com/report/a-crime
The Peterborough Police Service reminds residents to be aware that there are a number of scams circulating our area at any given time. Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it likely is. Do not divulge any personal information, such as your name, birth date, social insurance number, credit card information, home address or the time of day when you are at work or at home, to any person over the phone unless you have verified their identification. Also, regardless of your age, if you are home alone be extremely cautious when opening the door to people you don’t know.