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Beware of fraud

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Following reports from several local residents, Treaty #3 Police, in co-ordination with the Fort Frances OPP, is investigating a potential fraud.

A company calling itself Automotive Warranty Protection Services, from St Louis, Mo., is calling local residents and informing them that their warranty is about to expire and leaves a contact number.

When speaking to someone, they obtain your mileage and put the person on hold for “supervisor’s” authorization.

Either the caller or a second person then tells the “lucky” customer they qualify for a very low rate and ask for a down payment. The company obtains the person’s credit card information and the person’s PIN.

Local dealerships have advised they have received calls for VIN verification. Money is then withdrawn.

Local dealerships are advising their customers that this is a scam and to call the police. Anyone receiving similar-sounding phone calls also is asked to contact your local police service.

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