Winnipeg Police Warn of Telephone Scam

Winnipeg police are warning of a telephone scam that informs callers they have won a large cash prize and luxury vehicle.

Police have received 12 complaints over the past two weeks from the public regarding the scam.

The individual making the calls, who police say has a strong Jamaican accent, tells callers they have won $2.5 million and a Mercedes-Benz. At that point, the potential victim is told they need to pay $199 to $399 to claim their prize. The scam artist also falsely associates himself with legitimate organizations.

Police say people who receive the calls should notify the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. If anyone has been victimized financially, they are asked to contact the centre and make a report to police.

Police warn the public not to wire any amount of money or provide credit card numbers or any other financial information under these types of circumstances.

— Staff