SUMMERSIDE – A local car dealership is warning area residents that if they get a phone call telling them they have won a new car and $1 million, hang up the phone.
Trevor Heffel, sales consultant at Hemphill Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd. in Summerside, said the business is being used by Jamaican scam artists to try to extort money from people.
Heffel spent part of Friday, leading the individual on, in order to provide as much information as possible to the public to warning them about the scam.
He said the scam artist calls the car dealership claiming to be a prize house and wants to purchase a vehicle to give away.
Heffel said his company traced the telephone number through the reverse trace tracker back to Jamaica.
“He goes by the name ‘Mr. Riley,’ that’s all he says,” Heffel said. “They start off by calling people and the first thing they say is you’ve won $1 million and a new car. Once they pick out the car, we are to fax the information to this number. They then get our banking information and do a direct deposit that way. Then when the customer thinks this is on the up and up, they give their personal information so that they can deposit the $1 million into their bank account.”
With this information the scam artist can drain the accounts. But it doesn’t stop there.
“The next step is (winners) have to pay a processing fee to Western Union of $432.10 and they pay it to a Marvia Watson, Montego Bay, Jamaica,” Heffel said.
Heffel did report the incident to city police and wanted to put the public on notice that the scam is circulating in the area.