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Picton, Ont. business defrauded $15K in fire inspector scam: OPP

OPP say someone claiming to be a fire inspector told a Picton, Ont., business they were in violation of several fire codes, and order them to pay thousands in cryptocurrency. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

OPP say people in Prince Edward County should be wary of a new scam involving people alleging to be fire officials.

According to police, on Sept. 2, a Picton business was called by someone impersonating a fire inspector.

The alleged scammer asked for information from the business owner and told them they would be attending their location for an inspection.

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Police say the scammer then told the employees working at the establishment that they were in violation of fire codes and that they needed to pay a significant fine.

This person then asked for a partial payment of $15,000 via cryptocurrency, which police say was transferred.

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OPP have yet to release any information on the identity of the suspect and say the investigation is continuing.

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Police advise all business owners who are contacted by anyone claiming to be an inspector to ask for credentials. They also say that payment through cryptocurrency is always a red flag.

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