Police issue Olympic scam warning

Officers from the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit are warning people to be on the lookout for a new e-mail scam.

The e-mail informs a ‘lucky winner’ that he/ she has just won $800,000 US as part of a London Olympic international lottery programme. The recipient is asked to call a number to claim their prize within 21 days. Detective Inspector Ian Lavine is urging people not to be fooled into providing their personal financial details in the hope of swelling their bank account with a cash prize.

“Every day we are seeing more and more fraudulent schemes circulating via e-mail. Some are very elaborate and set up fake banking sites to encourage people to provide passwords and banking details; others try to tempt people to provide those details as part of get-rich -quick schemes,” Inspector Lavine said.

“People should never provide any banking details via e-mail or on the phone and they should contact the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit if they receive any communication that appears suspicious.“

Anyone who wishes to speak to an officer in the Financial Crime Unit should call 949-8797.

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