Is your bank account short a couple of thousand, has someone talked to you about the “Western Project” – call the police.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  June 28, 2012  Halton Regional Police believe there might be other victims who got stung in a scam they have been investigating.

In September 2009, a man entered a financial institution in the City of Burlington and fraudulently acquired over $370,000 for purported legal fees associated to accessing an Estate Trust Fund.

As a result of a police investigation, the man was identified as Norman MAXWELL (58 yrs) of Hamilton and subsequently charged with Fraud Over $5000.

Further investigation has determined the accused has defrauded other unsuspecting victims through similar means, claiming to require money for legal expenses or other fees to gain access to various Estate Trust Funds or the ‘Western Project’ that are non-existent.

These requests for funds to help you get money from an estate pop up almost daily on the internet – and some of them can be convincing.  The golden rule here is that if it sounds to good to be true – it is usually because it isn’t true.

If in doubt ask a trusted advisor.  The police have a department that handles this kind of stuff.  Call them of you’re in doubt.

Police are asking anyone who believes they may have been victimized by the accused to contact Detective Constable Milenko Cimbur at 905 465-8958, Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-TIPS(8477), through the web at or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637(crimes).

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