The Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating a possible scam which involves the purchase of furniture made from reclaimed wood. The investigation into these scams is current and on-going. The OPP would like to remind the public to be cautious when purchasing anything listed on an on-line ad, auction, or marketplace listing. Taking some of the following precautions will make you less susceptible fraud:
If having an item such as furniture made, ask for references from previous clients. Beware if there is limited or no feedback ratings on sellers. When buying or selling, you should meet in-person, to inspect the product and exchange funds. Meet in a public place, such as a coffee shop, or police station. Always bring someone with you when meeting a seller, don’t go alone. Be wary of requests for cash “up-front”. If you do pay before purchase, be sure to get a receipt. Never wire funds. If a seller asks you to wire payment using Western Union or MoneyGram, you are likely to be dealing with a scammer.
Use a credit card when shopping on-line. Customers are offered protection and may receive a refund. If in doubt, do additional research
You work hard for your money, so work hard to protect it, and remember: the scams will continue as long as the con artists continue to make money.
Anyone interested in more information on fraud can call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, or check online at www.antifraudcentre.ca.