According to police, there have been two reported cases where seniors have been duped out of their retirement money over the past month.
In each case, letters were received in the mail from Publishers Clearing House telling them that they won $500,000 from Reader’s Digest, but in order to claim their prize, the victims were required to send money to pay the ‘duty tax’ before the money would be released.
Use of mail and telephone for the sale of a wide range of services or products can be an effective, legitimate marketing tool for any number of Canadian businesses.
That has given rise, however, to criminals who use the same techniques as legitimate companies, but hide behind the anonymity of the mail and telephone in attempts to defraud thousands of Canadians each year.
Remember, if you are the winner of a legitimate prize, you should not be required to pay a fee to claim it.