Scammers take more than $383,000 from Huron County residents

Huron County OPP are reporting two scam incidents, resulting in two people losing over $383,000.

On April 30, police received a report from a Bluewater resident who lost $83,000.

“The victim explained to police they were contacted by phone by someone posing as an investment company offering to trade the victim’s money for them,” the OPP said in a media release.

The scammers received $3,000 from a credit card initially, but after gaining access to the victim’s desktop, another $80,000 was taken.

Another incident that was reported began in 2022. An elderly victim’s home was approached by two men, asking to complete unwanted maintenance.

After convincing the victim to let them repair the bricks on their home, they came back another time to do insulation work and barn cleanup. This resulted in a loss of over $300,000.

Both investigations are still ongoing.

Police are reminding the public to not give out any personal information, don’t invest money in unknown platforms provided by unknown people, get multiple quotes for house work, don’t feel pressured, and never send money to someone you haven’t met.

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