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29 March 2011Warning - this news article expired on 2011-04-29. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

Fraud Alert

Belleville, Ontario ? On 28 March, 2011 the Belleville Police were informed of a fraud that recently targeted local citizen(s). The fraudster uses email as a venue to contact, in this case, photographers and other artists, requesting samples of their work and then offering to pay for it. Subsequently the fraudster requests the banking information of the artist on the premise of directing payment to the artists account. The payment is never sent and the fraudster then uses the banking information for fraudulent purposes. Belleville Police are reminding citizens never disclose confidential or financial information in an email or over the telephone.