Kentville Police Service
On April 18, Kentville Police received a complaint of fraud from a Kentville resident.
The resident advised police that she received information via mail from what appeared to be received from Publishers Clearing House that she won a large sum of money. The complainant called the number associated with the award and was advised that in order to receive the winnings, $2.6 million, she had to first pay the taxes in the amount of $20,000 through a wire transfer. The investigation is ongoing and efforts are being made to recover the funds that were transferred.
The Kentville Police Service would like to remind the public to treat incidents such as this as suspicious. Credit card numbers, banking information, Social Insurance Numbers or any information that would reduce the security of any individual, should not be given out over the phone unless they are certain it is going to a trusted source. If any contest requires you to pay money before you receive your winnings, it is usually a sign of fraudulent activity.
Any suspicious activity should be reported to the Kentville Police Service or your local Law Enforcement Agency.