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Police warn of major fraud scam in Bradford

South Simcoe Police are looking for the public’s help in identifying a fraud suspect.

On March 23, an elderly Bradford resident reported a fraud, explaining to investigators that one week prior, she got a phone call from a man claiming to be a bank employee. He told her that $1,800 had been deposited into her account by mistake and that he needed her to withdraw the funds and hand them over to him.

The woman was told how to complete the transaction and got into a cab that the suspect sent to her home. She made the withdrawal and returned home. The suspect called back and had her walk to the corner of John Street East and Barrie Street to hand over the money.

Around 3 p.m on that day, she handed the money over to the suspect, though the woman was unable to provide a description of him. Anyone who can identify the suspect, has been approached in a similar manner, or who saw the transaction on Barrie Street on March 16 is asked to call SSP at 905-775-3311 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.