Mississauga Man Charged After Allegedly Defrauding Senior Citizen

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A Mississauga man is facing charges in connection with a scheme to allegedly defraud a senior citizen out of a substantial amount of money.

Peterborough police recently reported that a 27-year-old Mississauga resident has been charged with fraud over $5,000 following an alleged local lottery scam.

Police say that on July 19, the victim, a Peterborough woman in her 80s, received a phone call from a man who claimed she had won $4 million and a luxury car through a lottery.

The caller allegedly told the woman that in order to claim her prize and have the funds released to her, she had to deposit $15,000 into his bank account.

The victim deposited the money and on July 20, a relative of the victim noticed suspicious transactions in her account, including two bank transfers totalling $927 along with the $15,000 bank transfer.

The relative was able to cancel the $15,000 bank draft before any funds had been withdrawn and police were contacted.

The suspect was identified as Darren Sinclair and subsequently charged with fraud over $5,000.

The accused appeared court on Dec. 16 and Dec. 18.

Police are reminding people that legitimate lotteries will never ask you to pay a fee or tax to collect your winnings. People are also asked to avoid sending money or providing financial information to individuals they don't know.

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