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  • Fake cop spins fish tale

    Norfolk OPP remind the public to be skeptical of people who phone out of the blue claiming you owe money or need to send money.A Norfolk resident received such a call last Friday morning from a man claiming to be a police officer.The impostor told the complainant that their grandson had been in a crash involving impaired driving and that the family needed to wire $12,500 to cover damage done to the vehicles involved.When the subject turned to money, the recipient knew the call was a scam and contacted the real authorities.“Modern, tech-savvy scammers have personal information about you before they ever try to contact you,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.“It is imperative to verify any unsolicited contact before you respond and provide information. Keep you guard up when you receive a surprise call from anyone soliciting funds and indicating that a loved one is in jail or has been involved in a serious incident.“You work hard for your money so work hard to protect it. Do not hand it over to a smooth-talking con artist. Fraud is a multi-billion dollar per year business that will only stop when the con artists stop making money.” read more

  • Parents protesting child talent recruiting scam in Calgary

    Parents protesting child talent recruiting scam in Calgary by Cindy White Posted Apr 29, 2016 1:29 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 29, 2016 at 1:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some parents who lost money in a child talent recruiting scam are planning a protest in Calgary this weekend.They’ll be outside the Hyatt Regency Saturday, where a company has been advertising auditions for Disney shows.Leah Brownridge of the Better Business Bureau tells 660 NEWS, it really doesn’t get many complaints about this kind of thing, just two last year. Although, there were five complaints in 2014.She has some advice for parents; don’t be pressured into paying big money up front.“If a talent agency is demanding to charge any kind of fee, whether they label that as a consultation fee, a registration fee, an administration fee, something like that — be wary of that,” says Brownridge.She also says you should check the professional affiliations or credentials. The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists has information about talent agencies on its website.Brownridge says remember, talent agencies are not employers.They represent clients and try to get them work and can’t guarantee jobs. Thinkstock read more