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CANADIANS LOSE $43 MILLION TO CYBERCRIMINALS

Always Report Frauds and Scams

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) caution anyone who has been scammed to immediately report the scam or fraud to the police, even if a financial transaction did not occur.

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Canadians have lost more than $43 million so far this year to cybercriminals and stand to lose even more. These criminals continue to use traditional frauds and scams, such as phishing, service and romance, to extort money from their victims.

Victims experience emotional impact and personal embarrassment and are not as likely to report the crime when they have fallen victim to a scam or fraud. For example, the romance scam, one of the most under-reported scams, caused 776 victims to lose $23 million last year. The actual number of victims is likely greater, as police estimate that 95 per cent of these crimes go unreported.

VICTIMS OF A SCAM OR FRAUD SHOULD

  • Stay calm and contact local police
  • Stop all communication with the scammer
  • Gather all records and correspondence
  • Notify financial institutions that accounts may be affected
  • Change passwords to accounts, including social media
  • Update computer security software

Even if a victim did not lose money, it is important to report the scam or fraud to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Reports help police with their investigations and identify current types of scams and frauds while informing proactive criminal prevention programs.

If you or someone you know suspects they have been targeted by digital or online cybercrime, contact your local police service or local OPP detachment, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or p3tips.com.

LEARN MORE

  • Everyone has a part to play in understanding cyber threats and how to protect against them. For helpful tips and links, follow the OPP on Twitter (@OPP_News) and Facebook using the hashtag #CyberAware.
  • Get Cyber Safe is a national, multi-jurisdiction, public awareness campaign created to educate Canadians about Internet security and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves online. Visit getcybersafe.gc.ca/
  • Cyber Security Awareness Month toolkit (courtesy of Public Safety Canada)
  • Cyber Security Risks (courtesy of Public Safety Canada)

MEDIA NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of topic-specific OPP media releases to enhance community safety and awareness as part of Cyber Security Awareness Month.

 

Equipment Recovered, Charges Laid

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested and charged a man after recovering several pieces of heavy equipment in Oro-Medonte.

On October 17, 2019, members of the Orillia OPP detachment, Orillia Crime Unit and Community Street Crime Unit collaborated in an ongoing investigation which has resulted in the recovery of over $500,000 of stolen heavy equipment, vehicles and trailers to date.

As a result, 44 year-old Hughie QUINN has been arrested and charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada, section 355(a). The accused is being held in custody and is set to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on October 18, 2019.

The accused was involved in a driveway paving operation while utilizing stolen heavy equipment. Police are seeking anyone who has knowledge of the events or has seen any suspicious equipment. 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).

 

Fatal Off-Road Vehicle Collisions Up

(ORILLIA, ON) - With hunters and off-road enthusiasts taking advantage of the fall riding season, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is partnering with the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV) to remind all off-roaders to do their part to stay safe.

The OPP has responded to 20 fatal off-road vehicle collisions this year, an 18 per cent increase over the 17 fatal collisions at this time last year (2018).

The incidents have cost 16 off-road vehicle drivers and four (4) passengers their lives. OPP investigations revealed that more than half (12) of the deceased were not wearing a helmet during their ride. Losing control was a contributing factor in half (10) of the fatalities and has been the leading factor in off-road vehicle deaths for the last four years (2016-2019).

At least eight (8) of this year’s deaths involved alcohol/drugs - another dangerous behaviour that costs off-road vehicle drivers and passengers their lives every year. At least 10 of last year’s fatalities were alcohol/drug-related.

“Every year, our collision data tells us that the majority of off-road vehicle deaths involve riders who underestimate the risks of riding without a helmet, fail to maintain control of their vehicle or drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Whether you are hunting by off-road vehicle this fall or simply out for a ride, make every ride a safe one for you and your passengers.”

- Deputy Commissioner Rose DiMarco, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support

“Off-roading, hunting and camping are great ways to enjoy the outdoors this fall. Many of us love to enjoy it with family and friends so please remember that safety is not only about you. It’s also about the safety of your passengers and others who are out enjoying the sport with you. Remember the basics such as always wearing a helmet and riding within your abilities. Don’t become a statistic.”

- Denise Erickson, General Manager, Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs

QUICK FACTS

  • More than half of the drivers and passengers who have died in off-road vehicle collisions in the past 10 years (2009-2019) were not wearing a helmet.

HELPFUL LINK

https://ofatv.org/atv-safety/

 

False 911 Calls Strain OPP Resources

(MIDLAND,ON)- Members of the Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to over 94 false calls to the 911 system between the 9th and 22nd of September 2019. 92% of these false 911 calls came from a cell phone or a cell phone synced smart watch with the highest percentage of false 911 calls coming from areas with the largest population, 30% of the calls occurred on Saturdays. As high as 78% of these 90 false 911 calls were “dropped calls” as the phone either lost signal or the caller simply hung up prior to speaking with the emergency services communicator which still created a call for service for the officers to investigate.

64% of the calls were confirmed to be accidental and 43% of those calls were attributed to be pocket dials which happen when an insecure mobile device with a large screen or is equipped with an SOS feature being carried in a purse, backpack or in a pocket makes contact and dials without the owners intent to do so.

For every accidental call, dropped call or pocket dial received, an emergency services communicator must determine whether a real emergency exists and if police, fire or paramedics should be dispatched. With every unintentional call received, precious seconds may be taken away from someone who really needs help.

If you place an unintentional 9-1-1 call, stay on the line to let the emergency operator know it was a pocket dial/unintentional call. Every 9-1-1 call is taken seriously. When a 9-1-1 caller doesn’t respond, that could be a sign of trouble - a possibility an emergency responder can’t ignore. This then results in officers being dispatched to try to locate the caller to ensure that there is no emergency, taking up even more time dedicated to the call.

You can prevent pocket dials or unintentional 9-1-1 calls by:

Locking your keypad/screen if your phone has this feature and/or buying a phone case with a full screen cover to prevent contact with the touch screen.

Avoid from programming a wireless device or landline phone to ‘speed dial’ 9-1-1.

If you have a smartwatch that is synced to your phone ensure that the auto call feature is turned off.

 

OPP Wrap up Operation Impact and Fall Seat Belt Campaign

(ORILLIA, ON) - OPP officers were kept busy over the Thanksgiving long weekend, responding to hundreds of collisions and charging thousands of drivers with traffic offences during the Operation Impact campaign (October 11-14, 2019).       

The OPP reported three (3) traffic fatalities over the weekend. A 21 year-old pedestrian was killed after being struck by a vehicle while walking along Highway 11, north of Orillia on Sunday, October 13. Two other people, aged 51 and 52 were killed after their pick-up truck was struck by a train near South River on Monday, October 14.

The OPP responded to 419 motor vehicle collisions, with 72 of the crashes resulting in injuries.

Officers laid more than 6,000 traffic charges during the four-day national campaign. Speeding offences led the list of violations with close to 4,500 speeding charges laid against aggressive drivers. Officers also laid 138 stunt driving and street racing charges against motorists who engaged in speeds in excess of 50 kilometres per hour above the posted speed limit.

Speeding currently leads the list of causal factors in OPP-investigated traffic fatalities with 47 deaths attributed to this dangerous driving behaviour so far this year. 

Impaired driving, distracted driving, moving violations, seat belt non-compliance and other related charges made up the balance of the traffic offences during the four-day national campaign.

The OPP wrapped up its ten-day Fall Seat Belt Campaign (October 2-11, 2019) on Friday. Officers laid 2,329 charges against vehicle occupants who were not wearing their seat belt and drivers who failed to ensure passengers under age 16 were buckled up. Lack of seat belt use is currently the second leading causal factor in fatalities on OPP-patrolled roads, with 45 deaths so far this year.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Operation Impact is a Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police-led campaign aimed at making Canada’s roads the safest in the world, in support of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025. The campaign targets the leading causal factors in traffic deaths.

 

OPP Investigate Serious Assault Over the Weekend in Midland

(MIDLAND, ON) - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a serious assault that occurred in a Lescaut Road residence in the town of Midland in the morning of Sunday October 27, 2019 at . OPP officers were dispatched at 5:24 am along with County of Simcoe Paramedic Services who triaged and transported one victim to a local hospital with serious injuries.

This investigation is ongoing and further information will be released when it becomes available about what officers believe is an isolated incident.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 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. You can follow Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka www.crimestopperssdm.com on Twitter or Facebook.

 

OPP Officers Remove Two Drivers from North Simcoe Roadways Over the Weekend

(TINY TOWNSHIP, ON) - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were out over the weekend conducting R.I.D.E. check stops and enforcing traffic laws on area roadways here in North Simcoe. Officers conducted three R.I.D.E. check stops in the area checking 150 vehicles for impaired driving offences and no drivers were investigated for those offences by the officers.

Two area drivers had their vehicles towed after being stopped by officers on patrol. On October 20, 2019 a 16 year old male driver was stopped on Simcoe County Road 6 , Tiny Township after an officer was able to obtain a speed of 149 kilometers per hour on the vehicle he was operating in an 80 kilometer per hour zone. The driver had his licence suspended for seven days and his vehicle towed and impounded for seven days as part of the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS). He was issued a summons for Stunt Driving and Speeding contrary to the Highway Traffic Act to appear before the Provincial Court in Penetanguishene at a future date.

A second driver was operating her vehicle on Highway 93 in Tiny Township on October 19,2019 when an OPP officer operating the Automatic Licence Recognition Camera Vehicle (ALPC) detected an suspended driver and stopped the vehicle she was operating. The officer confirmed the data and issued the 19 year old female a summons to appear before the Provincial Court in Penetanguishene at a future date for the offences of Drive Under Suspension and Fail to Have Current Validation contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

Officers also responded to 15 calls for service relating to traffic complaints on area roadways.

Police remind motorists that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways and trails. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority.

 

CYBERCRIMINALS USE LACK OF AWARENESS TO EXPLOIT

Protect Your Family, Your Business and Yourself Online

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) believes that greater awareness can help prevent citizens and businesses from becoming victims of cybercrime.

Everyone is a target for malicious online activity, including youth, businesses and government offices. Cybercriminals extort money and personal data from unsuspecting victims by taking advantage of low cyber security awareness. Individuals and businesses can take steps to protect their data by managing risks, reducing threats and minimizing harm.

To better protect yourself online:

  • Beware of unsolicited emails demanding personal information or immediate payment;
  • Use strong passwords that include capital and lower case letters, numbers and special symbols and change them regularly;
  • Use multi-factor authentication for your social media accounts;
  • Back up critical files to an external drive; and,
  • Keep your security systems updated.

Children and youth are exposed to the digital world early, adding additional risk to their safety and well-being. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to discuss online behaviours and provide tips to their children on how to stay safe online. Resources and information on topics such as cyberbullying and child exploitation can be found at cybertip.ca.

If you or someone you know suspects they have been targeted by digital or online cybercrime, contact your local police service or local OPP detachment, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or p3tips.com.

 

OPP Seize Handgun from Vehicle During Traffic Stop

(TINY TOWNSHIP, ON) - A member of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police entered into a criminal investigation after stopping a vehicle while conducting traffic patrol at 10:40 pm October 27, 2019. The vehicle stop occured on Highway 93 in the Village of Wyebridge after the officer observed the vehicle committing a traffic violation. Upon speaking with the driver and two passengers it was learned that the driver was violating his conditions of release from another police investigation. Further investigation of the vehicle and it’s interior resulted in the discovery and seizure of a insecure firearm as well as a quantity cash and drugs believed to be purple heroin at the scene.

As a result the vehicle was seized and towed from the scene and the vehicle occupants were arrested at the scene and transported to Southern Georgian Bay Detachment for further investigation.

Charged are the following persons with their attached charges.

Driver - Margues R. JACKSON 22 years of no fixed address.

  • Fail to Comply with Recognizance
  • Poss of Firearm or Ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order
  • Possession of Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Careless Use of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited device or Ammunition
  • Occupant of Motor Vehicle knowing there was Firearm
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Poss of a Schedule I Substance – Heroin contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act
  • Driving while under suspension
  • Speeding 1 - 49 Km/h over posted limit
  • Possess licence while prohibited
  • Fail to surrender permit for motor vehicle contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario
  • Fail to surrender insurance card contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act

Passenger - Livia-Scarlett C. GOUVEIA 20 years of Scarborough

  • Poss of a Schedule I Substance – Heroin contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • CC 145(3) Fail to Comply with Recognizance
  • Poss of a Schedule I Substance - Heroin
  • Possession of Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Careless Use of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited device or Ammunition
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Occupant of Motor Vehicle knowing there was Firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

Passenger - Nashon PATERSON-MATTHEWS 22 years of Scarborough

  • Poss of a Schedule I Substance – Heroin contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Possession of Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Poss of Firearm or Ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order
  • Careless Use of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited device or Ammunition
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
  • Occupant of Motor Vehicle knowing there was Firearm
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

The accused parties were all held in custody to appear before the Barrie Bail court on October 28, 2019

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 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. You can follow Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka www.crimestopperssdm.com on Twitter or Facebook.

 

SUSPECTED ARSON AT AN ABANDONED SCHOOL

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently investigating an arson which happened at a local abandoned school in the City of Orillia.

Orillia OPP were called to attend a fire at an abandoned school located on Westmount Drive. It is believed that suspects gained entrance into the building and the fire was ignited sometime in the evening of October 24th, 2019. There is extensive damage to the building. The Orillia OPP, Orillia Crime Unit, OPP Forensic Identification Services (FIS) and Ontario Fire Marshall (OFM) are investigating the fire. The Orillia OPP are seeking the assistance of the public in helping them locate and identify the parties involved. If anyone knows the person or persons responsible for this act or if anyone has information that can assist police they are encouraged to contact the Orillia OPP at 705-326-3536 or 1-888-310-1122.

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).