Free Trip Scam

(CHATHAM-KENT, ON) – The complainant’s attended the Rotary Ribfest this past weekend at Tecumseh Park in Chatham.  They came across a Home Depot booth that had ballots for a free draw to win a free trip to the Bahamas. At this time, they filled out the ballots. 

This past Tuesday, shortly after 7 pm, the complainant’s were contacted by cellular phone from an international phone number, 013-47-613021.  The person calling from this number advised that they were the lucky winners in the Bahamas trip promotion and that if they supplied the caller with their credit card information and a payment of $349.00 per person, they could claim their trip. The complainant’s declined, since it was suppose to be a ‘free’ trip. 

Since that time, the Chatham-Kent Police has spoken to the Home Depot who advises that they were just one of the corporate sponsors of the event (Ribfest) and in no way did Home Depot have anything to do with this draw.  All of the booths were set up with ballots and ballot boxes.  The ballots had all of the corporate sponsor’s names on them. Police wish to remind citizens that if anyone is contacted stating that they were the winner of a trip drawn at the Ribfest; they should not give out any of their financial information to the caller, or anyone that they are not familiar with. Please contact the corporate sponsor directly, to verify their legitimacy.

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