Picton, Ontario. business defrauded $ 15K in fire inspector scam: OPP – Kingston | The Canadian News

The OPP says that people in Prince Edward County should be wary of a new scam involving people claiming to be fire officials.

According to police, on September 2, someone posing as a fire inspector called a Picton company.

The alleged scammer asked the business owner for information and told them they would come to his location for an inspection.

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Police say the scammer later told employees who worked at the establishment that they were violating fire codes and that they had to pay a significant fine.

This person then requested a partial payment of $ 15,000 via cryptocurrency, which the police say was transferred.

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The OPP has yet to release any information on the identity of the suspect and says the investigation is continuing.

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The police advise all business owners to be contacted by anyone claiming to be an inspector to request credentials. They also say that payment through cryptocurrencies is always a red flag.

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