Another scam is making the rounds in B.C., this one a love rip-off involving Hollywood star Jeremy Renner.
Today, Central Okanagan Criminal Offense Stoppers stated a Vernon citizen was contacted through social media by a rip-off artist pretending to be Renner.
” The scammer has actually made promises to come to the victim’s place and satisfy up with them, but, obviously, there is a drawback,” Central Okanagan Criminal activity Stoppers s stated.
” The fraudster requires money for different factors, i.e. for airfare, passport costs, etc.”
That Renner– an extremely effective star– requires financial help for airfare or passport charges is absurd. For example, Star Net Worth stated Renner is worth $50 million US.
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On his Twitter account, Renner issued a caution, saying “Dear fans, please do NOT engage with any phonies on social networks requesting for cash or anything else …”
Dear fans, please do NOT engage with any fakes on social networks asking for money or anything else … https://t.co/1b793 tbMlf
— Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) September 19, 2017
Below are tips from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre on how to identify and response to rip-offs.
A love rip-off includes any individual with false romantic intents towards a victim in order to get their trust and affection for the purpose of getting the victim’s money or access to their checking account or credit cards. Sometimes the suspect will even attempt to get the victim to dedicate fraud on their behalf, as a cash mule (accepting, then transferring cash or products) often unknowingly.
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Most romance scams begin via social networks sites or online dating websites.
- Be suspicious when someone you have not met in person professes their love to you.
- Be wary when someone you satisfy on social media desires to rapidly move to a private mode of communication (e-mail, text).
- If trying to set up an in-person meeting, be suspicious if they constantly have a reason not to satisfy.
- If you do really set up a conference– inform friends and family when and where you’re going and fulfill in a local, public location.
- Do not share personal (birthdate, address) or financial info with anyone you’ve only just fulfilled online or face to face.
- Never ever send intimate photos or video of yourself. The scammer might attempt to utilize these to blackmail you into sending cash.
- Beware when conversing with an individual that declares to live close to you however is working overseas.
- Never under any situation send money for any reason.
- If you think a loved one may be a victim of a love rip-off, describe the concerns and threats and assist them get out of the scenario.
- Do an image search of the admirer to see if their photo has been taken from a stock image site or somebody else’s online profile;-LRB- ********************)
- Try to find inconsistencies in their online profile versus what they tell you;-LRB- ********************)
- Watch for poorly written, unclear messages, sometimes even resolving you by wrong name– frequently fraudsters are working numerous victims at when;-LRB- ********************)
- If you have actually transferred cash, stop the deal if possible.
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- If you did send out cash or share monetary information, report it to the monetary organization utilized, e.g. your bank, Western Union, MoneyGram.
- Gather all details referring to the situation, including the fraudster’s profile name, how you made contact, social media screenshots, emails, etc. and call your local authorities.
- Submit a report with the CAFC toll-free at 1-888-495-8501 or online http://www.antifraudcentre.ca
- Notify the dating website or social networks website where you satisfied the fraudster. Be proactive.
- If you’ve sent out cash or transferred cash or goods on behalf of a scammer, the authorities and monetary institutions need to be aware in order to properly investigate, recover stolen funds and/or goods if possible and work toward preventing further criminal activity.
- Reporting love scams helps scams authorities to warn other individuals about existing rip-offs, display patterns and disrupt rip-offs where possible.
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