Little Current, ON – The Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has been informed by the Robinson Huron Treaty Litigation Fund (RHTLF) about a new scam affecting its members.
Beneficiaries have received fraudulent letters bearing logos of the Government of Canada, Province of Ontario, and RHTLF. These letters request personal and banking details to verify eligibility for settlement funds, promising payment by direct deposit or cheque upon receipt.
Secure your personal information. Before providing any personal information, such as your date of birth, Social Insurance Number, account numbers, or passwords, be sure the website is secure. Resist the pressure to act right away. Scammers often use urgency as a pressure tactic to get your information quickly. Please verify the credibility of an organization before sharing your personal information.
“Frauds are always changing as scammers try and take advantage of new people and new situations, but you can help protect yourself by being aware of the tactics they use,” says OPP Constable John Hill. “Be suspicious. If you feel pressured to give information or money, do not give in. Stop communicating with the person right away and reach out and talk to someone you trust.”
Residents are reminded that no settlement payments have begun, and the government entities will not solicit financial information through mail, email, or text.
Tips for protection include verifying sender credibility, scrutinizing branding for inconsistencies, and avoiding hasty actions under pressure. If suspicious, cease communication and contact trusted individuals.
For scam concerns, verify with the First Nation office or firstname.lastname@example.org. Fraud victims can report to OPP, their local police, or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.