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Identity theft reported by Innisfil woman

Her identity is being used to scam other victims on Kijiji
South Simcoe Police station is pictured in this file photo. Sue Sgambati/BarrieToday



INNISFIL - On Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, an Innisfil woman reported to South Simcoe Police that she has been a victim of identity theft and fraud. She recently posted hockey tickets for sale on the website Kijiji and received a response from an unknown suspect advising that they were very interested in purchasing tickets for a particular game. An email money transfer was to take place once the victim forwarded proof of her identity to them. The request was made by emailing a copy of her driver's licence. The victim never received any money and never did heard back from the suspect.

Later through social media, the victim learned that her identity is now being used to scam other victims on Kijiji in the same manner. Fake tickets are being advertised for sale using fake identification of proof and when money is transferred, no tickets are ever received by the victims. The victim has since removed her ad from the site.

Police remind people not to share personal information on the phone, through mail or over the internet unless you have initiated the contact or know who you are dealing with.

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, South Simcoe Police responded to 79 calls for service, pro-active traffic stops and community service events.