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February '14

OPP News - OPP Investigating Fraud

(SMITHS FALLS, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), East Region Crime Unit would like to warn residents that there has been an increase in fraud in connection with highly discounted home theatre audio and visual equipment.

Suspects tell customers that there has been a mix up for one of the shipments of home theatre equipment and that they are willing to offer the customer a remarkable deal.  Suspects may provide a fake invoice. Suspects tell customers that they are receiving an extremely high quality product for far less than the actual price.  In some cases the packaging is printed with fake MSRP (Manufacturers Suggested Retail Pricing) stickers and an impressive list of specifications to help draw potential customers into believing they are getting an excellent deal.

In most cases the product is generally far inferior in quality than they lead customers to believe. The products are usually manufactured overseas with no real branding or product support.  Additionally, replacement parts are impossible to come by as most of the companies are not legitimate.

Shoppers need to exercise caution when being offered “a deal that is too good to be true”.

Report suspicious activity to your nearest police agency immediately. Or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.  You may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.


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