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North Perth man avoids getting scammed

A North Perth man was on the ball, and that kept him from getting scammed.

The OPP says he posted an ad online looking for a house to rent.

Someone claiming to be a doctor working in the U.S. got in touch and said he had a place Listowel.

The man then did some investigating and discovered that he was being set up.

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He didn’t send any money to the scammer and contacted the police immediately.

Here are some strategies the OPP says you can use to keep yourself from becoming a victim:

– Do your homework, view the place before you make a deposit, questions, and check with neighbours.

– Is the price realistic for what you are getting?

– Are the ads similar to realtor listings? (Scammers often copy from Real Estate sites).

– Be careful of ads that require personal, banking or SIN card information.

-Don’t accept anything at face value, if it sounds unlikely or too good to be true, it probably is.

– Recognize the signs, if you’re being pressured to act, disclose personal details or send money to a stranger, it’s almost certainly a scam.

-Act quickly, contact the O.P.P. at 1-888-310-1122 and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 and stop scammers in their tracks.

For additional information about Frauds and Scams contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca

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