OTTAWA — The Ottawa Police Organized Fraud Section is warning the public and local businesses about an ongoing fraud trend.
Police say small business retailers are being defrauded over the phone by people using stolen credit cards.
The scam involves a phone sale of gifts or food — under the premise of a gift for a family member — and it always includes the demand for cash to be placed with the order.
The person pays with a credit card over the phone, and the item is then picked up at the business.
The card is later deemed to be stolen.
Any person or business who has been victimized by such as a scam can report it to police by calling 613-236-1222, ext. 7300, or file a report online at www.ottawapolice.ca.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Ottawa Police Organized Fraud Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 5433. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.