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Fraud warning: police say you probably haven’t won a prize

The RCMP announced another arrest on Dec. 23 in connection with a series of phone scams that target Canadians. (Photo: Pexels) The RCMP announced another arrest on Dec. 23 in connection with a series of phone scams that target Canadians. (Photo: Pexels)
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Chatham-Kent police officers are warning the public about a scam that claims you have won a prize.

Police say scammers continue to call, email and text people stating that they’ve won a prize, but you haven’t. In order to claim the prize, the fraudsters say you need to pay a fee to cover taxes, legal fees or delivery costs.

Scammers usually ask that the payments are made using iTunes gift cards or bitcoin, which should immediately raise a red flag, that it’s a scam.

Please remember that if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Protect yourself by recognizing these scams. For more information, go to the anti-fraud centre

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