The Brandon Police Service is telling Facebook user to look out for a con artist calling himself "Agent Dave."
Police say they have received two complaints in two days of a fraud scheme involving the social media site.
The victims are contacted through Facebook by a contact and are advised they have won a prize. The contact person represents himself as an agent — possibly from an insurance company — and provides a phone number of 435-465-1463 and an e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Agent Dave" then asks for personal information to be sent to the phone number via text message. The information required to collect the winnings includes: name, home address, e-mail, age, date of birth, marital status, next of kin, annual income, and career. Once this information is sent, "Agent Dave" then sends a ticket number as reference and advises the victim has to pay $1000.00 to claim the winnings.
For more information on this and other frauds, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at:
Police reminds the public to to safeguard themselves from fraud with these tips:
- Never send money up front on the promise of a prize, lottery or sweepstake.
- Scammers are notorious for requesting money to be sent by a money service provider such as MoneyGram or Western Union, don’t do it. it’s like sending cash, once it’s gone, you can’t get it back.
- Never accept a friend request, engage in a chat or respond to a message from an unknown person.
- Protect your profile. Change all privacy setting to "Friends". This will allow only people you know and trust to search and access your profile page.
- Should you receive a suspicious message from a family member or friend, confirm the solicitation through an outside source not associated to Facebook. eg: telephone call, text message or email.
- Report any suspicious messages to Facebook Security at http://www.facebook.com/report