Brantford police are warning residents not be taken in by "sweepstakes scams" after a senior reported losing money to fraud.
On Monday, a woman called police to report the loss. In November 2016, she was called from a Las Vegas, Nevada number by someone telling her she had won a large sum of money. However, she was asked to transfer a small amount of money to enable the transfer of the winnings.
When she didn't receive the prize money, the woman realized she was the victim of fraud.
Police want residents to understand that legitimate sweepstakes never require a monetary transfer by the winner. Don't be rushed into sending money, another sign of a scam, and consult a friend, family member or the police about the contest.
Call the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 if you suspect a scam.