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Police investigate Elmvale high school graffiti incident

Suspects spray painted the south west corner of the newly constructed building

SPRINGWATER TOWNSHIP - The members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are asking the public for their assistance in solving this crime.

The incident took place sometime overnight from July 25 to July 26 at Elmvale District High School on Lawson Avenue, Springwater Township. The suspect(s) spray painted the south west corner of the newly constructed building.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Huronia West O.P.P. at (705) 429-3575 or Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) or submit your information online if you have any information on this crime or others.

Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display, you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.

 

UNRESPONSIVE GIRL PULLED FROM POOL

(Clearview Township) On August 2nd, 2018 members of the Huronia West OPP, Clearview Fire Department and Simcoe County Paramedics responded to an unresponsive 14 year old female found in a swimming pool. The female was taken to local hospital where she was air lifted to a Toronto hospital in Critical Condition. No foul play suspected.

 

EMERGENCY WORKERS HAVE A RIGHT TO SAFE SPACE ON THE ROADSIDE

With the first half of the year behind them, the Ontario Provincial Police has laid 932 Move Over charges so far this year against drivers who failed to slow down and move over when approaching an emergency vehicle with its lights flashing.

While the year-to-date number sets the stage for a potentially lower number of charges compared to the past few years, it is an important law that the OPP sees far too many drivers continue to ignore at the expense of first responder safety.

OPP Move Over Charges [Highway Traffic Act Section 159 (2)(3)], last five years:

 Year # of charges

2014   1,593

2015   2,059

2016   2,468

2017  2,137

2018      932 (Jan. 1- mid-June)

“Any driver who has had to pull over to the roadside of a busy highway or road knows how unnerving and unsafe it feels to see traffic clipping by at close proximity. We need all drivers to be mindful of this when they see police, other emergency personnel and tow truck drivers on the roadside carrying out their public safety duties. Slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles if safe to do so will help reduce the number of these preventable collisions and allow those who provide help at the roadside to do their jobs safely.”        

 QUICK FACTS                                                                                                                                          

 In 2017, there were six (6) incidents in which an OPP vehicle was stopped/parked on the roadside and was struck from behind while its emergency lights were activated.

 The law carries a $400 to $2,000 fine, plus three demerit points upon conviction.

Subsequent offences (within five years) carry a $1,000 to $4,000 fine, possible jail time up to six months and possible suspension of your driver’s licence for up to two years.

Drivers are reminded that the law was amended in 2015 to include tow trucks parked on the roadside with their amber lights flashing.

 

OPP INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

Victim Identified; Suspect Arrested

(ORILLIA, ON) - On Monday July 30, 2018,officers from the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Orillia Fire Department and the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS) responded to a report of a male who had been located in medical distress in the parking lot of a business located at Westmount Drive North and Woodside Drive, in the City of Orillia.

 As a result, a male, who has since been positively identified as 25-year old Jordan CARTER-BONFIELD of Orillia, Ontario, sustained life threatening injuries and was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.

The investigation into this incident, which appears to be isolated in nature, is being conducted by the Orillia OPP Crime Unit who have been assisted by the OPP Forensic Identification Services Unit (FISU), the Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad and the Central Region Support Team, under the direction of Detective Inspector Matt Watson of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

 Earlier this week, a Court Order was issued that allowed the Ontario Provincial Police to identify a young person, as defined by the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) who was wanted for Second Degree Murder in regards to this ongoing investigation. An arrest has been made and any reference to the identified person, inclusive of name and pictures, MUST be removed from any social media platform or internet related posting immediately in accordance to the statute.

Further information will be released only as the investigation permits.

 

RECOVERED STOLEN DUMP TRUCK- MISSING RIMS & TIRES

(WASAGA BEACH, ON.) - The members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are asking the public for their assistance in solving this crime.

On the July 31, 2018 at approximately 7:15 am, a stolen 2019 International HX - White with a Black 20’ Dump Body from the City of Barrie was located on Bertram Industrial Parkway, Springwater Township off County Road 27. The dump truck was jacked up on blocks with all tires and rims removed.  Between Barrie Police and O.P.P. there have been four recent occurrences involving theft of truck with tires and rims being stolen off them.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Huronia West O.P.P. at (705) 429-3575 or Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com if you have any information on this crime or others.

Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display, you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.

 

Civic Holiday Weekend OPP Marine Unit Water Safety Message

Civic Holiday Weekend OPP Marine Unit Water Safety Message

From the Crew of the OPP Patrol Vessel Thomas P. Coffin

(MIDLAND, ON)- Members of the Marine Unit attached to the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police(OPP) will be out on patrol over the August Civic Holiday weekend. Officers will be stopping vessels and checking for operator sobriety and for required safety equipment. The crew state “ vessel operators need to check that they have on board sufficient life jackets for every person(s) on board and required safety equipment prior to leaving the shore”.

For anyone who is unsure of the equipment required for their vessel please view the following link to get the “APP” for their mobile device https://csbc.ca/en/boatnotes or https://csbc.ca/fr/  Please have listen to the attached audio message to Never Drive Impaired.

Police remind vessel operators that an essential part our enforcement effort is to save lives and reduce injuries on our waterways while promoting and educating the public about safe boating practices.

Follow us on Twitter @OPP_CR and at #BoatSafeSGB

 

E-BIKE OPERATOR RIDING ON SIDEWALK RUNS RED LIGHT

(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Norfolk County Detachment is urging all E-Bike operators to put their safety as a priority after police were contacted by a concerned member of the public.

On Monday, July 30, 2018 at approximately 1:33 p.m., police were contacted by member of the public expressing concerns about an e-bike operator travelling along Norfolk Street North between Crescent Boulevard and Windham Street.

It was determined that the operator was riding on the sidewalk and then crossed the roadway against a red light. This is a very dangerous act that could have fatal consequences.

Police are urging everyone that operates an e-bike to review the safety requirements and to always put their safety a priority. E-Bike operators should always wear reflective clothing so that they are visible to anyone walking or operating a motor vehicle on the roadway and always follow the rules of the road.

To operate an e-bike on Ontario’s public roads, the following vehicle safety and operator requirements are in place.

E-bikes must not weigh more than 120 kg (includes the weight of bike and battery).

All operators and passengers must be at least 16 years of age.

All operators and passengers must wear an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmets.

All electrical terminals must be completely covered.

Two independent braking systems consistent with requirements for motorcycles and motor-assisted bicycles (mopeds) that applies force to each wheel and is capable of bringing the e-bike, while being operated at a speed of 30 km/h, to a full stop within 9 metres from the point at which the brakes were applied.

The minimum wheel width or diameter cannot be less than 35mm/350mm.

No modifications to the motor to allow it to exceed a power output greater than 500W and a speed greater than 32 km/h.

The battery and motor must be securely fastened to the vehicle to prevent them from moving while the e-bike is operating.

“This incident is a reminder to all e-bike owners to follow the rules of the roadway and regularly review the safety and operator requirements. All drivers need to abide by the rules of the Highway Traffic Act for everyone’s safety.” - Constable Ed Sanchuk, Norfolk County OPP.

 

ROADSIDE SCAM TARGETS GOOD SAMARITAN

(MIDDLESEX COUNTY, ON) - On July 23, 2018 members of the Middlesex County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a possible fraud at the Highway 401 off-ramp to Wellington Road, City of London. The event occurred days prior to the report.

The complainant observed a navy blue, luxury vehicle pulled over near the traffic lights at Wellington Road. The complainant, in good faith, approached the male driver of the vehicle and inquired if they could be of any assistance. The male replied that he needed money for fuel. The complainant offered to purchase fuel for them and return to the scene.

The male suspect declined the offer for fuel and instead requested cash. When the complainant declined to hand over cash, the suspect offered to sell them gold jewelry at a discount.

The complainant was offered what appeared to be a gold ring, watch and a necklace for $1,000. The suspect even offered to drive the complainant to the bank to withdraw funds, but thankfully the complainant declined.

The complainant purchased the gold ring and necklace for $60. The jewelry was later found to be fake and of no value.

The OPP has investigated similar type events in the area, predominantly at off-ramps from Highway 401. In most cases the fraudster requests cash. The offer of jewelry is new to the area, however previously reported to police in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Motorists are reminded to keep their safety a priority. Never enter a vehicle with unknown persons and use common sense when offered products for purchase from illegitimate sources.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit a tip online at www.londoncrimestoppers.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

 

Mischief- Springwater Dealership

(SPRINGWATER TOWNSHIP, ON.) - The members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are asking the public for their assistance in solving this crime.

At approximately 12:49 am on the 23rd of July 2018, unknown suspect(s) entered 2 Currie Drive, Currie Truck Center driving a white Ford cube van. The unknown suspect(s) approached a brand new Freightliner black dump truck and smashed the front passenger’s side window in order to gain access into the vehicle. The suspect(s) removed the trucks dashboard and panels, as well as the ignition switch, in attempts to hotwire the vehicle but was unsuccessful.

If you have any information in regards to this crime, please contact the Huronia West O.P.P. at (705) 429-3575 or Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com if you have any information on this crime or others.

Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display, you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.

For safety and crime prevention tips, please visit our website at www.opp.ca.

 

Orillia OPP Seize Firearms and Drugs

(ORILLIA, ON) - On July 22, 2018 the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received information about someone who was in possession of an illegal firearm in the City of Orillia.

Orillia OPP members, Orillia Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and Orillia Crime Unit conducted an investigation into the allegations. As a result of the investigation police found 2 firearms including a loaded handgun. Police also located a quantity of Cocaine and Xanax.

Jordan SHEARD born January 31, 1994 of Orillia was charged with the following offences.

Possession of a Firearm Knowing Serial Number has been Tampered Contrary to Section 108(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

Possession of Firearm or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order Contrary to Section 117.01(1) of the Criminal Code.

Possession of Firearm or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order Contrary to Section 117.01(1) of the Criminal Code.

Careless Storage of a Firearm Contrary to Section 86(1) of the Criminal Code.

Careless Storage of a Firearm Contrary to Section 86(1) of the Criminal Code.

Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm Contrary to Section 91(1) of the Criminal Code.

Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm Contrary to Section 95(a) of the Criminal Code.

Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking Contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Possession of a Schedule IV Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking Contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Possession of a Schedule I Substance Contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Possession of a Schedule IV Substance Contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

 

The accused was arrested on July 23, 2018 in Orillia by officers from the Repeat Offenders Parole Enforcement Unit (ROPE).

The accused has been remanded in custody and set to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie via video on July 31, 2018.

 

Orillia OPP Seize Drugs and Stolen Property

(ORO-MEDONTE, ON) - On July 23, 2018 the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) executed a search warrant at a residence in Oro-Medonte.

The Orillia Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and Orillia Crime Unit conducted an investigation into information regarding another incident which happened in the City of Orillia.

A search warrant was executed at an Oro-Medonte residence by Orillia CSCU, Orillia Crime Unit, Central Region Tactics and Response Unit (TRU), Central Region Emergency Response Unit (ERT), Central Region Canine and Central Region Regional Support Team (RST)

As a result of the search warrant police were able to locate cocaine, marihuana and stolen property.

Police arrested Brandon MCCUE, age 34, of Orillia. When the accused was arrested police found another quantity of cocaine, heroin and oxycodone.

The accused has been charged with:

Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

Four counts of Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking Contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Four counts of Possession of a Schedule I Substance Contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Possession of a Schedule II Substance contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

 

The accused has been remanded in custody and set to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on July 31, 2018.

 

OPP Charge 3 Area Shop Lifters

(MIDLAND,ON)- Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched on July 29, 2018 to a County Road 93 Midland grocery store after 2 shoppers fled from the store security officer. The investigator spoke with store security and reviewed the store security data. The investigator located and charged Danielle PAQUETTE 30 years of Midland with Theft Under $5000- SHOPLIFTING contrary to section 334 (b) and Possession Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 - in Canada contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada. Also charged is Jesse Paul TREWIN 33 years of Midland with Theft Under $5000- SHOPLIFTING contrary to section 334 (b) , Possession Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 - in Canada contrary to section 354 (1) (a) and Escape Lawful Custody contrary to section 145 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada Both persons were released from police custody on to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on September 13, 2018.

An officer was also dispatched on July 20, 2018 to a shoplifting complaint at another County Road 93 Midland grocery store after the male suspect fled the store prior to the arrival of police. The investigator spoke with store officials and after reviewing store security data, located and charged Jonathan James FOURNIER 31 years of Midland on July 28, 2018 with Theft under $5000.00 contrary to section 334(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada. He was released from police custody on his own recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on September 13, 2018.

Anyone having knowledge property crimes is asked to please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can submit your information online at www.p3tips.com or if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00. You can follow Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka on Twitter or Facebook.

 

PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM DOOR TO DOOR SCAMS

(PERTH COUNTY, ON)- The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Perth County detachment, together with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) want you to protect yourself from door-to-door scams.

Door-to-door scammers use high pressure tactics and be aggressive in nature. Consumers find themselves in a situation where they purchase a product or sign up for a service they neither want nor need.

Some common door‐to‐door scams reported to the Canadian Anti‐Fraud Centre include solicitations for a charitable donation, an investment opportunity or a service scam involving the sale or maintenance of an appliance.

Door‐to‐door sales rules can vary from province to province. For instance, on March 1, 2018, Ontario banned unsolicited, door‐to‐door sales of certain household appliances to better protect consumers from aggressive and misleading contracting at home. The new rules apply to air cleaners, air conditioners, air purifiers, duct cleaning services, furnaces, water filters, water heaters, water purifiers, water softeners, water treatment devices, as well as bundles of these goods and services.

Know your rights, look up your Provincial and Territorial Consumers Affairs Office at www.consumerhandbook.ca - most Provinces and Territories have guidelines under their Consumer Protection Act (CPA).

Warning Signs ‐ How to Protect Yourself:

  • Ask for photo identification; get the name of the person and the name of the company or charity they represent.
  • Ask for a charity’s breakdown of where funds are allocated. Be sure to get it in writing.
  • Never share any personal information or copies of any bills or financial statements.
  • Research before you invest. Don’t sign anything and always read the fine print.        
  • If a contract is signed within the home, you have a cooling off period. For example, in Ontario consumers have the right to cancel a contract for any reason within a 10 day cooling off period. For water heater contracts, there is a 20 day cooling off period.
  • Know your rights. Look up your Provincial and Territorial Consumers Affairs Office at www.consumerhandbook.ca - most Provinces and Territories have guidelines under their Consumer Protection Act (CPA).

Visit www.antifraudcentre.ca under Fraud Types for additional information on these particular scams.

If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti‐Fraud Centre at 1‐888-495-8501.

 

Suspicious Package Leads to Midland Road Closure

(MIDLAND, ON)-Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with Midland Fire Service responded at 2:55 pm July 30, 2018 to a 911 call of a suspicious package at a Yonge Street Midland mini mall.

Attending emergency services evacuated the mini mall at 2:59 pm as a precaution and closed Yonge Street to traffic at 3:04 pm. Investigators determined the package not to be suspicious after a on scene investigation. Yonge Street was opened for traffic at 3:24 pm and evacuated persons returned to they work locations.

Attending emergency services wish to thank members of the public for their cooperation during this investigation.

 

MVC Update- FEMALE SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES

(CLEARVIEW TOWNSHIP, ON.) - On July 25, 2018 at approximately 2:00 p.m., members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Clearview Fire Department, and Simcoe County Paramedic Service responded to a motor vehicle collision (MVC) involving two vehicles on County Road #10 and Concession #12 in Clearview Township.

An 86 year old female driver from Wasaga Beach, Ontario, was subsequently airlifted to a hospital in Toronto, Ontario with serious injuries.

On July 28, 2018 the female driver succumbed to her injuries. The deceased has been identified as Kathleen MACDONALD of Wasaga Beach.

 

Orillia OPP Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision

(ORILLIA, ON) - On August 2, 2018 the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with Oro Medonte Fire and Emergency Services, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS). and Air Ambulance ,(ORNGE), were dispatched to a serious motor vehicle collision on Oro Medonte Line 9 South of Ridge Rd E.

 At approximately 6:05 A.M. a station wagon and an sport utility vehicle collided resulting in a male sustaining fatal injuries.  The deceased is Michael Sampson age 41 of Oro Medonte Township. OPP Central Region Technical Traffic Collision Investigators (TTCI) were also summoned to the scene to assist with the investigation.  A post mortem examination of the deceased is to be conducted.    

Information will only be released as it becomes available.

Members of the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or visit Crime Stoppers at: www.crimestopperssdm.com or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

Orillia Man Charged with Several Offences

(ORILLIA, ON) - On July 31, 2018 the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested a man after he failed to stop for police in the City of Orillia.

On July 31, 2018 at approximately 7:33 P.M. Orillia OPP members observed a vehicle on Mississaga Street commit an offence under the Highway Traffic Act. Police attempted to stop the vehicle however it did not stop for police.

A short while later police stopped the vehicle at Ashton Street and Louise Lane. The male a 35 year old Orillia man was arrested and charged with the following offences:

Dangerous Operation of Motor vehicle contrary to section 249(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

Flight while Pursued by Peace Officer contrary to section 249.1(1) of the Criminal Code.

Three counts of fail to Comply with Probation Order contrary to section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code.

Possession of a Schedule I Substance contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Several Highway Traffic Act offences.

The accused was also wanted on several other outstanding charges. The accused was held in custody pending a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice on August 01, 2018.

 

HIT THE DELETE BUTTON ON THIS SCAM

(HURON COUNTY, ON) - Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to warn residents of a concerning online scam that has been popping into inboxes throughout the area.

Over the last few weeks OPP officers have investigated several complaints from concerned residents regarding emails claiming that users have been recorded while watching pornographic websites. The email also states if payment of bitcoins isn’t received a video clip will be sent to everyone on their email and social media contact lists.  

If you receive one of these messages, please be aware that this is a scam. If you’ve been locked out of your computer, this may be an indication that your computer system has been infected with malware and you will need to take steps to address the problem with a legitimate computer repair service.

Here are some tips to help protect your computer:

Never download anti-virus software from a pop-up or link sent to you

Don’t click on links or attachments in emails sent to you by someone you don’t know

Turn on your browser’s pop-up blocking feature

Never click on a pop up that claims your computer has a virus

Always update your anti-virus software and operating systems regularly

Cover your webcam when not in use.

Knowledge is power and spreading awareness is key.  Please stay informed and please help us share these tips with your friends and family so we can all stay and one step ahead of the scammers.

Anyone interested in more information on fraud can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or check online at http://www.antifraudcentre.ca/.

 

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Scam Still Very Much Active in our Area

(Collingwood and The Blue Mountains, ON) Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wish to remind the public of this very common scam that continues to victimize area residents.

In the last month, officers responded to three calls for service involving the CRA scam where fraudsters managed to obtain almost $6000 in total. In one case the victim was asked to make several deposits into a Bitcoin machine to pay off taxes owed to the CRA, upon doing so the fraudsters called the victim again claiming that she owed more money and to make further deposits. The victim instead spoke to her banking institution and police were called.

In another case, police were called to a local business where an employee became aware of a customer that had purchased several iTune cards and was possibly being scammed. Investigation found that the customer had already conveyed the card numbers to the fraudster after being told she owned money to the CRA. Police attempted to obtain the money back from the cards but to no avail, it was too late and the cards had been claimed.

Three calls may not seem like much but, if you take into account that only approximately 5% of such calls are reported to authorities, the number of potential victims is much higher.

The CRA scam begins when fraudsters posing as an employee of the CRA or a recognized financial institution will contact the victim via a phone call or email, phishing for your identification, personal information or will ask that outstanding taxes be paid by a money service business or by pre-paid gift cards or more commonly, by the purchase of iTune cards or cryptocurrency. 

The caller will usually advise the targeted victim, via threatening or coercive language, that failure to pay will result in additional fees or that a warrant will be issued for their arrest. Other communications urge taxpayers to visit a fictitious CRA website, via hyperlink within an email, where the taxpayer is then asked to verify their identity by entering personal information.

Here are some warning signs that you may be dealing with a scam:

Urgency-- The scammer always makes the request sound very urgent, which may cause the victim to not verify the story.

Fear-- The scammer plays on the victim’s emotions by generating a sense of fear.

Request for Money Transfer-- Money is usually requested to be sent by a money transfer company such as Money Gram, Western Union or even through your own financial institution or cryptocurrency. 

To avoid becoming a victim, police advise you to first check with another family members or trusted friends to verify the information BEFORE sending money or providing credit card information by phone or e-mail.

If you or someone you know suspect they’ve been targeted by this type of scam, please contact your local police service. You can also file a complaint through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and visit their website containing a wealth of information on current frauds and fraud prevention tips.

“Recognize, Reject and Report Fraud”