In the last five months, the Airdrie Rural RCMP has received multiple complaints of large-scale fraud operations from victims throughout Canada, and is now encouraging residents to be cautious if buying farm equipment online for seemingly low prices.
"Investigation has revealed that the victims are purchasing farm equipment on line for low prices," a press release from the detachment stated. "However, once funds are transferred, the buyer can no longer contact the original seller or the freight team hired for the shipping of the farming equipment.
"RCMP would like to remind the public to be cautious when purchasing anything online and complete proper background checks and research for all companies, even if they seem legitimate."
Anyone with information regarding this occurrence can contact the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7267. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store. To report crime online, or for access to RCMP news and information, download the Alberta RCMP app through Apple or Google Play.