News in Brief

December 3, 2020: OPP WARN OF PHONE SCAMS SURFACING IN AREA
 
(PEMBROKE, ON) - The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to warn residents of scams that have recently surfaced in the area. In one scenario the scammer calls and pretends to be from a local business and falsely tells the victim that their credit card did not work when used to pay for recent purchases. The victim may not have even used their credit card to shop at the store but the scammer creates a sense of urgency and then asks for the caller to confirm their credit card number to make payment. The OPP would like to remind everyone to verify the legitimacy of any caller before providing any personal information over the phone.

Residents should also be wary of phone calls from scammers posing as police, Revenue Canada, or government officials demanding payment, for a variety of reasons, by way of Google Play cards, gift cards, or cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin. In an effort to reduce victimization consumers need to be aware of these scams and retailers should keep the scam in mind when faced with consumers interested in purchasing large quantities of gift cards.

A Social Insurance Number (SIN) scam is also circulating where fraudsters call and say that your SIN has been blocked, compromised by criminals or suspended. Fraudsters are pretending to be calling from government agencies such as: Service Canada, the RCMP, or various court houses and are displaying the phone number of these agencies on your caller ID. Consumers who receive this call are asked to provide their SIN and other personal information (DOB, name, address, etc.). Victims who provide their personal information to fraudsters are at risk of identity fraud.

If a scam artist contacts you or if you have been defrauded contact your local police service or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit their website at www.antifraudcentre.ca

November 25, 2020: OPP WARN OF DOOR TO DOOR SCAM IN AREA
 
(PEMBROKE, ON) - The Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to warn area residents of a scam that has recently surfaced in the area. On Tuesday evening November 24, 2020, the UOV OPP responded to two calls on Maple Avenue in Pembroke regarding a suspicious male who was going door to door soliciting donations for The Grind. The area was patrolled but the male was not located. The person of interest is described as a white male, age 30-35, 200lbs, long dark hair, wearing a red jacket and black pants.

Police spoke with a representative from The Grind who confirmed that this was a scam and they do not have canvassers going door to door seeking donations. The public is reminded that, before you hear a sales or fundraising pitch and open your door to a canvasser or sales person, remember:

• Ask for photo ID and get the name of the charity/business
• Never share personal information (e.g. electricity or gas bill)
• If you ask the person to leave, they must leave right away. If you feel unsafe call the police
• Legitimate charity canvassers should provide you with a receipt if requested

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 613-732-3332 or Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or at www.valleytips.ca

If a scam artist contacts you or if you have been defrauded contact your local police service or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit their website at www.antifraudcentre.ca