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Huronia West Crime Unit Charge Male with additional Sexual Offences from 2019 investigation

On April 18, 2019 Nuwan WICKRAMASINGE 33-year old of Springwater Township was arrested and charged for several offences of a sexual nature committed against young persons. On March 26, 2020 members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Huronia West Crime Unit arrested and charged the male with the following additional charges after a lengthy investigation:

Adult Luring a Person Under 16 years of age by means of Telecommunication

Adult Sexual Assault

Adult Invitation to Sexual Touching under 16 years of age

 The accused was held for Bail.

Police would like to speak with anyone who has had contact with a male online using the screen name WickKush or boosted.sti18, also known as Keith to contact Detective Constable Lisa McGinnis Huronia West OPP at 705 429-3575

  Below is a brief list of tips that can help you protect your child while they are on line:

  • Be involved and know your child’s online activity
  • Keep the computer in an open area of the home, where you can provide help if needed
  • Remind children to protect their passwords; encourage them not to share passwords with friends
  • Use caution with web cams, unplug web cams when they’re not in use and;
  • Be sure of who they’re talking to before allowing them to turn on a web cam
  • Make sure children are cautious with what they post online
  • Know their online friends the same way you know their friends in real life

For more safety and crime prevention tips, please visit www.opp.ca.

 

Coronavirus Scams Surge As Crooks Exploit Our Fears   Internet Scambusters #901

Coronavirus scams on an unprecedented scale are piling on the misery for worried consumers and businesses.

Just a couple of weeks after our first warning about virus-related tricks, scammers have rolled out a whole new set of con tricks targeting those who let their guard down.

In this week’s issue, we have scam warnings for people newly working from home, news-hungry data watchers and would-be travellers.

Computer Viruses and Coronavirus

If your employer has told you to work from home to reduce the risks of coronavirus infection, that may seem like good news. But are you expected to use your own computer? If so, does it have the same level of security your work devices have?

Most firms use the highest levels of computer security available. If you don’t and you’re navigating the Internet, receiving emails, or communicating with your company network, you could be at risk of a computer virus instead of coronavirus. As well as ensuring your security software is up to date, you should seek guidance on device security from your employer.

Another risk is that you’ll be more dependent than usual on email and Internet communication. Scammers and hackers know this and will almost certainly increase their spamming activities and social media hacking.

 

Fake Coronavirus Dashboard Sites

There are already scores, maybe hundreds, of scam websites pretending to carry updated information on the outbreak.

They look official, they have maps and statistics and, unfortunately, look almost identical to some of the genuine “dashboard” sites that have appeared in the last couple of weeks.

But their purpose is not to inform. “Attackers design websites related to coronavirus in order to prompt you to download an application to keep you updated on the situation. This application doesn’t need any installation and shows you a map of how COVID-19 is spreading.

“However, it is a front for attackers to generate a malicious binary file and install it on your computer.

“Just to be clear, these websites pose as genuine maps for tracking coronavirus, but have a different URL or different details from the original source.”

Once installed, the software steals data and infects computers with its own virus.

The advice is to use only verified sites to check data. That’s easier said than done, especially after one of the best and leading info sites from Johns Hopkins University was hijacked last week by crooks and turned into a downloadable malware bomb.

The best rule to follow is to confine your curiosity to the CDC and other official health sites. But if you must visit data dashboard sites, never, but never, download supposed maps of infections. They’re nearly all malware laden.

 

Coronavirus Typosquatters

(Beware of Typosquatting and New Identity Theft Warnings). It’s when crooks set up websites with almost identical spelling to a genuine site. They might just switch a couple of letters around.

They know which letters are likely to be mistyped and name their sites accordingly.

Victims who didn’t check their address bar typing then find a page that looks exactly like the one they were seeking — in this case, something connected with health, local community activities, local government guidance, and so on. Reporting on this, researchers at security firm Proofpoint discovered a site mimicking Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. The fake site just omitted the ‘l’ in “Vanderbilt.”

In this case, the aim was to install malware, but typosquatters are also hoping to phish for personal information by asking visitors to create accounts. They know that some people (not our readers we hope) will just use the same sign-on details they have for other accounts.

When you’re visiting any site, not just coronavirus-related, you should always double check your spelling before hitting that “Enter” key. However, we all know how easy it is to overlook a mistyping, so watch out for any site that asks you to open an account or download an attachment or app.

 

Coronavirus Travel Scams

Finally, a general warning to people who may be affected by travel restrictions.

Scammers and spammers are likely to be messaging and posting on social media sites offering products relating to travel safety or randomly sending out emails about changed travel plans.

For example, airlines may be offering discounted tickets, so will the scammers.

Or, in one reported case, mass emailings find their way into the inboxes of people who recently bought tickets, advising them of things like new charges for seat changes or changing travel plans.

The aim is to get victims not only to unwittingly pay the scammers, but also to harvest their credit card details.

If you receive one of these messages, check directly with either the airline or the agency you booked with.

 

Easy steps that can help you discover a firm’s reputation: Internet Scambusters #902

If you make a business or buying decision based on a firm’s reputation, it better be right. But how do you discover whether you can count on them, especially when some firms actually pay to have their reputation “polished” online?

 

How to Check a Business Reputation

When it comes to buying and selling products or services, seller reputations are everything. Well, almost. Value has a role to play too.

Because it’s easier than ever to check out a firm’s reputation, many sellers put a lot of effort into getting the best and the most compliments they can and acting quickly to respond to criticism. Even so, lots of shoppers still get caught out when buying online or in brick and mortar stores because they didn’t take the time to check out what others are saying about the sellers.

As we explain below, there are some cases where you can’t rely on comments and scores others have awarded. But there are some basic researches everyone should follow to get an idea of the reliability and honesty of the firms they’re dealing with.

 

Here are the five most important actions:

  1. If you don’t know them, research the company by name. The bigger your planned purchase, the more important this is. Type their name into your browser, with and without the word “complaint,” and see what comes up.

But don’t just look at the first page of returns from your search. That’s where clever search engine manipulators and advertisers lurk. Scroll through a few pages.

Another neat trick is to add the letter ” v ” (with a space either side), which may indicate if a company has been involved in any lawsuits.

  1. Check business scoring and reputation sites. These include Google, Yelp, and the Better Business Bureau. You can also check with your state or local consumer protection departments.

When looking at scores, be wary about firms that have only top scores. They may be that good but still…

  1. If you’re shopping locally, ask neighbours, family and friends for their recommendations — especially for home service contractors such as plumbers, electricians and building contractors. Then, still do your online reputation research, including whether contractors are properly bonded, licensed and insured.

You can also check the files of local newspapers or request recommendations from other users on sites like Facebook and local community forums.

  1. Check the websites of firms you’re considering. Look for a good modern design, upfront information about privacy and trading practices. Do they give full contact details including names and addresses? Check Google’s street view of the address to see if the location is genuine.

Also check the firm’s Facebook and Twitter postings to get a feel for how they deal with customers.

If you read testimonials, be cautious. Site owners naturally want to present the most positive image and may filter out negative reviews. And does the firm say that testimonials are available for inspection?

Also, check their Internet website registration. This is quite easy by checking registration websites using the term “whois lookup.”

Another useful source of company information is the free-to-use Electronic Data Gathering (EDGAR) service operated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. It’s a huge database of information about listed and public companies.

  1. Watch out for red flags. There are lots of simple things that can signal caution when you’re considering doing business with a company that’s new to you. For example:

Have you — or anyone else for that matter — ever heard of them before?

Is the company based abroad, notably in China or certain African countries?

Is the deal they’re offering too good to be true — in terms of value and quality (e.g. brand names that are normally expensive)?

But Beware…

There are a couple of important issues to bear in mind when you’re checking out a company’s reputation.

First, there are firms that offer companies a service they call “reputation management.” More bluntly, as one of them says, they can “bury negative content,” and “make the best things about you prominently visible to others.”

This is perfectly legal and all businesses naturally want to emphasize what’s good about them. Nevertheless, when you’re doing your research, you should be aware of this as a possibility when you’re investigating them.

Second, it’s also true that most people who are perfectly happy with products or services they bought don’t bother to write positive reviews. But many people who are unhappy can’t wait to share their grumbles.

As Benjamin Franklin said: “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation and only bad one to lose it.”

This means there could be, unfairly, a lot more negatives than positives in certain online reviews. There’s not a lot you can do about this. But where review sites have a scoring system, it’s a good idea to check those in the middle — the three-out-of-five-star reviews for example. Here you’ll most likely encounter fair and honest experiences.

 

Coronavirus Scam Alert of the Week

News that scientists are working flat out to develop a vaccine against coronavirus is encouraging. But they’re not there yet.

So that gives scammers an opportunity to prey on our fears by pretending they already have one.

The tricksters are sending out email, texts, and phone messages saying their vaccine is ready and that they can administer it at home.

All they have to do is pay in advance. Sometimes, the crooks ask for money to be wired but mostly they want credit and debit card details that they can use for identity theft.

The scammers are mainly targeting older folk at the moment, but they likely will offer it to anyone gullible enough to pay.

They may even pose as representing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which is overseeing much of the anti-coronavirus effort.

But if and when a vaccine is available, the CDC will certainly announce it, but they won’t be contacting individuals.

So, a call, email, or text almost certainly signals a scam. If you want to check on the real official position, go to www.cdc.gov

If the contact seems to come from your doctor’s office, use the number you should already have (or look it up) to contact the office and check there.

Time to conclude for today — have a great week!

 

OPP INVESTIGATING ROBBERY AT CONVENIENCE STORE

Appeal for witnesses

(STAYNER, ON) - On March 14, 2020, at 3:56 a.m., members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a robbery at the Circle K convenience store located at 7380 Highway 26, in the Township of Clearview.

An unknown suspect wearing a black balaclava entered the store and tried to open the till before the clerk returned to the counter. When the clerk returned a brief exchange occurred, and the suspect removed cash from the till and fled the store on foot.

OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Canine Unit members attended the scene to assist with a search of the area.

The suspect was described as a male, approximately 5’9” - 5’10” tall, wearing:

  • Beige/tan coloured jacket
  • Black hooded sweater underneath
  • Black pants
  • Black shoes
  • Black gloves

 

OPP INVESTIGATING DOOR-TO-DOOR DONATION FRAUDS

Police looking for victims and witnesses to come forward

(SPRINGWATER TOWNSHIP, ON) - On March 16, 2020, members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to an allegation of fraudulent door-to-door donation collecting occurring in the Snow Valley area of Springwater Township.

Two separate incidents were reported to police from community members in a subdivision in Snow Valley. Witnesses reported a 2019 silver Ram pickup truck driving through the area, and two young girls approximately 8-11 years old, going door-to-door claiming to be from a well-known charity asking for donations on behalf of other charity groups including an orphanage, Alzheimer’s research, and Autism services.

The vehicle, two adults, and the two children were identified by the OPP on March 18, 2020.

The OPP is looking to identify and speak with victims and witnesses of these incidents.

The OPP is 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 this investigation or other suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

 

  Impaired Driver Gets Nabbed at Midland Drive Through Restaurant

(MIDLAND, ON) - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded at 6:29 PM March 24, 2020 to a report from the public of a possible impaired driver in the drive through of a Midland restaurant located on Simcoe County Road 93. The attending OPP officers located the suspect vehicle and entered into an drinking and driving investigation upon speaking with the driver.

As a result of this investigation, Edward KANIA 66 years of MIdland has been charged with the following criminal code driving offences-

  • Operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs
  • Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
  • Contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

The accused driver’s licence has been suspended for 90 days and the vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days as per the conditions of the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS). Accused was released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on June 25, 2020

OPP officers always appreciate calls from the public to alert them of a possible impaired driver on the roadway as an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways by working with our community members.

 

Southern Georgian Bay OPP Investigate Stabbing in Midland

Charges Laid, Victim in Serious Condition

(MIDLAND, ON) - On the morning of Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 officers from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a stabbing at a residence on Frederick Street in the Town of Midland.

A 53-year-old male victim was transported to hospital for treatment for life threatening injuries and his condition remains serious.

A number of people left the scene in a vehicle and with the assistance of the public, police located several suspicious persons in a residential area of Tay Township.

Charged with the following offences in connection with this incident are: Dariusz HOROSZ 42 years of Tiny, Tanner McCUE 22 years of Penetanguishene, Tyler McCUE 30 years of Penetanguishene

  • Attempt to Commit Murder
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Breach of Probation
  • Contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

Also charged in connection with this incident are Chantel BELCOURT 35 years of Midland and Debbie COPEGOG 42 years of Midland who is charged with the following offences.

  • Attempt to Commit Murder
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

The accused persons were held for a bail hearing and will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland at a future date.

This incident remains under investigation and the OPP encourage anyone with information to call police toll-free at 1-888-310-1122. Information can be reported anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

Southern Georgian Bay OPP Investigate Stabbing in Midland

(MIDLAND, ON) - On Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at approximately 8:33 a.m. officers from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a stabbing at a residence on Fredrick St.

Once on scene, police located a 53-year-old male with stab wounds. He was transported to Georgian Bay General Hospital to receive treatment for life threatening injuries.

Information was received that a number of people were seen leaving the scene in a vehicle.

Calls were received from the public which led police to several suspicious persons in a residential neighborhood in Tay Township.

Patrol officers, assisted by OPP support units flooded the area. Six people, three males and three females were located, arrested and are being held while the incident is being investigated.

Identities of charged persons will be released at a later time.

The Ontario Provincial Police would like to thank the public for the assistance received to assist in furthering this investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Ontario Provincial Police toll-free at 1-888-310-1122.

Information can be reported anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can submit your information online at www.p3tips.com. 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.

 

Early Morning OPP Search Warrant Nets Cocaine and Weapons in Midland

(MIDLAND, ON) - Members of the OPP Community Street Crimes Unit (CSCU) attached to the Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) executed an early morning Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) warrant on a Galloway Boulevard, Midland residence at 6:30 AM March 27, 2020.

Officers seized a quantity of Cocaine, Methadone along with drug trafficking paraphernalia and two prohibited weapons, a crossbow and a quantity of Canadian currency.

A 45 year old Midland resident has been charged with the following offences in relation to this investigation.

  • 2 counts of Poss of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking - Cocaine
  • Contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act
  • 2 counts of Unauthorized Possession of Weapon
  • 3 counts of Poss of Firearm or Ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order
  • Poss of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000 - in Canada
  • Contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

The accused has been released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on June 4, 2020

 

SPEEDING STOP LEADS TO DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES

(WASAGA BEACH, ON) - On March 28, 2020, at approximately 9:00 p.m., a member of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stopped a vehicle for speeding on Highway 26, in the Town of Wasaga Beach.

The officer found the driver to be operating the vehicle with a suspended driver’s licence and with cannabis readily available to him. The ensuing search found the driver to be in possession of a large quantity of cannabis, a small amount of suspected cocaine, several cellular phones, scales, a large amount of cash, and a knife.

Jakub SUDOMERICKY, 21 years old, of Oakville, Ontario, was arrested and charged with the following offences:

  • Traffick in Schedule I substance - section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)
  • Possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling - section 10(2) of the Cannabis Act (CA)
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000 - section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC)
  • Possession of weapon for a dangerous purpose - section 88 of the CC
  • Driving while under Criminal Code suspension - section 53(1.1) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA)
  • Speeding - section 128 of the HTA

The Accused was released and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Collingwood, Ontario, on June 9, 2020.

The Huronia West OPP values your contribution to building safe communities. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please visit Crime Stoppers at: www.crimestopperssdm.com or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

Orillia OPP Arrest Pair for Break and Enter and Weapons Offences

(Orillia, ON) - The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested two people for break and enter in the City of Orillia.

On March 29, 2020 at approximately 4:20 am police received a call of a break and enter in progress to a residence on Front Street South.

The suspects approached the house, attempted to gain entry and yelled they were members of the OPP. The victim immediately called the Orillia OPP to attend. The suspects had fled prior to police arrival.

Police were in the area and attended the residence to begin an investigation. A description was obtained of two males who had covered their faces and were carrying edged weapons.  A short while later police located the suspects who matched the descriptions. The suspects were placed under arrest.

Orillia OPP charged Joshua WILLIAMSON, age 30, and Devon DEMAINE, age 26, both of Orillia with:

  • Personating Peace Officer contrary to Section 130(1)(a) of the Criminal Code;
  • Break and Enter contrary to Section 348(1)(a) of the Criminal Code;
  • Disguise with Intent contrary to Section 351(2) of the Criminal Code; and,
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose contrary to Section 88 of the Criminal Code.

Both suspects were released on a Form 10 Undertaking and set to appear next on June 16, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia.

Criminals will go to great lengths to trick you, putting yourself in a tough situation including pretending to be police officers. If you are in a situation where someone says they are a police officer and you want to be extra cautious please contact the Provincial Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 to inquire if the police are currently at your residence or ask the officer to identify himself or herself with their police issued photo identification. Your personal safety is important and all reasonable precautions that can be taken should be taken.

The Orillia OPP is committed to serving our province by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety. If you have any information about crime in our community please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). You can submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com 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.

 

HUNTING CABINS & SHED BROKEN INTO

(MORRIS-TURNBERRY, ON) - Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating a break, enter and theft to two cabins and shed located off of Clyde Line that took place last week.

Sometime between 8:30 p.m. on March 25th and 8:30 a.m. on March 26, 2020 unknown persons cut the gate lock and entered onto the property.  Once on the property those responsible forced entry into two cabins and a storage shed.

The following items were reported as stolen:

  • A Motomaster Eliminator 1500 W power inverter
  • Four wooden duck decoys
  • An upright oscillating fan
  • An axe with a wooden handle

The total value of the stolen goods is estimated between $300 to $400.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

 Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.