Hydro rebate scam reported in an Ontario town


Published April 15, 2024 at 11:58 am

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An Ontario resident reported a hydro rebate scam on the weekend.

A resident of Middlesex Centre, a community beside London, Ontario, reported the suspected fraud on Saturday (April 13) morning, OPP said in a press release today.

The resident got a phone call from a person posing as a hydro company employee claiming the resident was entitled to a financial rebate, police said.

The fraudster then attempted to set up an in-person meeting at the victim’s residence to review details of the rebate, police said

The resident found the situation odd and called the local hydro office. There were no rebates available to anyone.

The resident believed it was a scam and called police.

Police said the investigation is continuing.

The OPP said fraudsters will do their best to create confusion and chaos during interactions, leading victims to react impulsively and hand over their money.

Police suggest people verify any unsolicited requests before responding or providing personal information. If you feel pressured, hang up the phone or delete the sender’s profile.

If you have been a victim of fraud, the OPP can be reached anytime, anywhere in Ontario at 1-888-310-1122.

For more information on fraud, call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit http://www.antifraudcentre.ca

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