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MARCH IS FRAUD PREVENTION MONTH ROMANCE AND DATING SCAMS

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(CHATSWORTH, ON) – Single or recently unattached people – often females – are among the growing number of vulnerable population to be victimized by criminals through fraudulent means. Usually this occurs through contact online via e-mail blasts, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc…) or singles and dating-related ‘meet’ websites. Among the more prevalent schemes are money transfers via Romance or Dating Scams. In some cases, prolonged interaction with individuals has cost some victims tens/hundreds of thousands of dollars before the relationship ends – usually after the culprit gets what they want.

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC), in 2013 there were 1,728 complaints from Canada of romance fraud – a year-over-year increase of nearly 300. Of those complaints, 1,149 victims were identified and their combined financial losses exceeded $15.6 million – more than any other identified financial loss due to fraud. Almost 60 per cent of all victims were in their 40s and 50s – often female.

Knowledge is power.  All consumers – regardless of age and gender – can take basic steps to better protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud, such as never giving out personal information over the phone, the internet or through social media/dating websites.

Always get independent advice – from family members, a trusted friend or advisor -- if any offers involve money, personal information, time or commitment.

If you or someone you know suspect they’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your local police service, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Tips to Avoid Being a Victim of a Romance / Dating Scam

•  Check website addresses carefully. Scammers often set up fake websites with very similar addresses to legitimate dating websites. Make sure you only use legitimate and reputable dating websites.

•  Never send money, or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust.  A request to send money to a foreign country (using Western Union or MoneyGram) to this person you have never personally met should be a red flag.

•  Don’t give out any personal information in an email or when you are chatting online. Like any scam, use your computer to your advantage.  Educate yourself.  Check the person’s name, the company name the addresses used, and ask yourself, “Would this be normal?”

•  Ask yourself – “Would someone I have never met really declare their love for me after only a few letters or emails?”


SEVERAL MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISIONS REPORTED OVER THE WEEKEND

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(CHATSWORTH, ON) – Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated 23 motor vehicle collisions between 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 14 and 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014.  The majority of collisions were minor in nature, with the exception of one, where the driver exited his vehicle on Grey Rd. 8 in the Township of Southgate during a whiteout condition and was struck by a tanker truck.  The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

Grey County OPP wish to remind motorists that should they encounter winter whiteout conditions, activate the vehicle hazard lights - pull over to the far right as possible - or better yet, into a nearby laneway.  Do not exit your vehicle unless it’s absolutely necessary.  Wait till the whiteout condition passes before continuing.

Of the 23 collisions investigated, eight involved deer.  Hitting a deer or any animal could lead to a serious injury and could, at times, be fatal.  At the very least, the experience will be unpleasant, inconvenient and costly.

Consider these tips to minimize the chances of being in a collision with a wild animal:

ü  Scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder.  If there is wildlife beside the road, sound your horn to scare the animal away.   Continue slowly and cautiously – don’t assume the animal will move in a predictable manner.  They may leave the roadway and turn right back into your path.

ü  Use high beams at night where possible and watch for glowing eyes of animals.

ü  Stop as safely as possible if a wild animal is crossing the road.  Remember, if there is one – there’s usually one or more following.

ü  Never swerve suddenly. This could cause your vehicle to go out of control and result in a more serious collision.

ü  Always wear your seatbelt.

Should you be involved in a collision with a deer, or other animal, and you or your passenger(s) are injured or where the vehicle damage apparently exceeds $1,000.00, you must report the collision to police.

UPDATE DECEASED IDENTIFIED OPP INVESTIGATE FATAL COLLISION

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(TOWNSHIP OF SOUTHGATE, ON) – The pedestrian who was struck and killed by a tanker truck while standing outside his vehicle in a whiteout condition on Grey Rd. 8 in the Township of Southgate on Saturday, March 15, 2014, has been identified as Diamantino DaSILVA, 55 years old, of Etobicoke, Ontario.

The driver of the tanker truck, a 59 year old male from Port Elgin, as well as the driver of the Honda CRV, a 49 year old male, and a 46 year old female passenger, both of Southgate, were treated and released from hospital.

The investigation continues.

OPP INVESTIGATE FATAL COLLISION

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(TOWNSHIP OF SOUTHGATE, ON) – On Saturday, March 15, 2014 at approximately 11:41 a.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of male trapped under a truck as a result of a motor vehicle collision on Grey Rd. 8 between Southgate Road 12 and Southgate Road 14 in the Township of Southgate.

Initial investigation revealed that a Honda Civic had stopped on the travelled portion of the southbound lane on Grey Rd. 8 due to whiteout conditions at the time.  The driver had exited his vehicle and was standing at the back of the vehicle when he and his vehicle were struck by a southbound International tanker truck.  The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.  His identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

A third vehicle involved; a northbound Honda CRV, collided with the tanker truck. Two occupants in the CRV were taken to Mount Forest Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the tanker truck was not injured, but was taken to hospital for observation.

Grey County Emergency Services (EMS) and the Dundalk Fire Department assisted at the scene.

The OPP West Regional Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Unit is assisting with the investigation.

Grey Rd. 8 between Grey Rd. 9 and Hwy. 89 is closed for emergency responders and also due to treacherous driving conditions.

Further details will be released when accurate and confirmed information becomes available.

MINOR INJURIES AT SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER

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(HURON TWP, ON) – On March 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a single vehicle crash on Bruce Road 6 in Huron Township.  Officers arrived to find that a Blue Chrysler Dynasty was east bound on Bruce Road 6 when it struck a snowbank and rolled over.  The driver had minor injuries assessed by Bruce County paramedics at the scene.  There were no charges laid.

DRIVER CHARGED AT 2 VEHICLE CRASH

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(WALKERTON, ON) – On March 12, 2014 at 6:06 pm, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a 2 vehicle crash on McGivern Street in Walkerton.  Officers arrived to find that a Blue Jeep Cherokee pulled out from the hospital parking lot into the path of a Silver Pontiac Grand Prix.  A 47 year old Brockton woman has been charged with Fail to yield.  There were no injuries reported.

OPP RECOVER STOLEN VEHICLE

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(TOWNSHIP OF SOUTHGATE, ON) – On Friday, March 13, 2014, at approximately 11:35 p.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of an abandoned vehicle on Southgate Road 4 between Southgate Sideroad 41 and Southgate Sideroad 47.  The vehicle had its hazard lights on and was left on the travelled portion of the road.

Police attended and noticed that the interior of the truck was damaged and that the plates did not match the vehicle description.  A search of the vehicle registration number revealed that the red, 2007 Dodge pick-truck had been reported stolen by Waterloo Regional Police Service.

The vehicle was seized.  The investigation continues.

Anyone with information which may assist in this investigation is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a Web Tip to www.crimestop-gb.org.  You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

SOMEONE IS USING MY IDENTITY

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(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON) – The South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received 2 reports of identity fraud on March 3, 2014.  One from a resident in the Municipality of Kincardine, the other from a resident in the Municipality of South Bruce.

A simple way to protect yourself from Identity Theft and Identity Fraud is to protect your passwords and every other piece of your personal information.  If you wouldn’t provide the information to a stranger at the front door, then don’t share it with an online stranger or unsolicited phone caller.

An easy way to detect Identity Fraud is to monitor your monthly bills.  If you stop receiving a bill that normally arrives each month, or receive a bill for goods or services that you didn’t arrange, this may be a sign that your identity has been compromised.  If your identity has been compromised, you need to contact police as soon as possible.

Remember that there’s no magic to preventing fraud.  If something seems too good to be true, it likely is.  Fraud remains a multi-billion dollar per year enterprise that will only end when the scammers stop making money.

March is fraud prevention month.  This is a good opportunity to raise awareness and promote fraud prevention.  You work hard to earn your money, so work hard to protect it.

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/.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


STRUCTURE FIRE

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(MUNICIPALITY OF MEAFORD, ON) – On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a structure fire on the 7th Line, south of Hwy. 26 in the Municipality of Meaford.

At approximately 4:01 p.m., a witness observed smoke emanating from a neighbour’s garage across the road on the 7th Line.  Upon closer examination, he observed that a truck inside the garage was on fire.  He quickly alerted his neighbour, who exited the residence with his infant daughter, just before the vehicle exploded; engulfing the garage.

The Meaford Fire Department attended the scene and extinguished the fire which was not deemed to be suspicious.  There were no injuries reported.

ICE SAFETY - If in Doubt, Don't go Out!

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(CHATSWORTH, ON)  -  Ice is constantly changing in response to weather and water conditions.  That’s why ice is never 100 percent safe.

Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is not in a position to declare ice conditions safe, but we can urge the public to practice proper ice safety.

Almost all recreational activities involve some risk. The OPP encourages everyone to assess and manage the risks of their recreational activities so they can enjoy the outdoors.

Ice safety and weight-bearing properties of ice can be affected by many factors, including: thickness, currents, age of the ice, pressure cracks and snow cover.  Ice conditions can change dramatically.                  

Children should not play on or near ice covered bodies of water unless supervised by an experienced, safety-conscious adult who is familiar with local conditions and currents.                      

Proper use of safety equipment can reduce the risks of traveling over ice covered bodies of water. Possibilities include: wearing of survival suits, carrying picks (used to grip ice to pull yourself out of the water), and carrying a rescue rope.                      

For information from the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs go to their website at www.ofsc.on.ca.                     

For further information on ice safety from the Royal Lifesaving Society, visit: http://www.lifesaving.ca/main.php?lang=english&cat=watersafety&sub=ice

Safety tips if you are considering venturing out on ice-covered water:

1.  Check the weather.  Avoid ice-related activities on warm or stormy days.

2.  Check ice conditions.  The Lifesaving Society recommends a minimum ice thickness of 10 cm (4 inches) for a single person to walk, ice fish, or cross-country ski on.

3.    Avoid vehicle travel on ice.

4.    Never go onto the ice alone.  A buddy may be able to rescue you or go for help if need be.

5.    Wear a thermal protection buoyant suit to increase your chances of survival should you go through the ice.

6.   Carry ice picks, an ice staff, rope and a cell phone with you.

7.   Do not drink alcohol.  Alcohol impairs judgment and reduces your body's ability to stay warm in cold conditions.

If in doubt, don’t go out!


THEFT FROM UNLOCKED VEHICLE

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(TOWNSHIP OF GEORGIAN BLUFFS, ON) –  On Friday, March 7, 2014, at approximately 9:40 a.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a theft from a vehicle on Second Avenue, Shallow Lake, in the Township of Georgian Bluffs.  The incident occurred between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 6th.

A woman’s wallet containing $300. cash was stolen from inside the unlocked vehicle.

The OPP wish to remind the public to lock their vehicles and keep any valuables from out of sight.

Remember:  Lock it or Lose it!

Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a Web Tip to www.crimestop-gb.org.  You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

MARCH IS FRAUD PREVENTION MONTH

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(CHATSWORTH, ON) – March is “Fraud Prevention” month and Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wish to remind the public to beware of a number of scams such as the Emergency scam, also known as the Grandparent scam, Microsoft scam, Charity scam, Inheritance scam, Lottery or Sweepstake scam, and Service scam, to name a few.

 

Each month, Grey County OPP receives a number of calls from residents reporting they have been scammed.  Some residents don’t fall for the scam, but, unfortunately, others do.

Recently, Grey County OPP received a report from a woman stating that she had been involved in an online relationship for several months with someone claiming to be royalty from England.  She had received a cheque from this individual with instructions to forward monies to three of his sons.  As instructed she deposited the cheque and forwarded monies to Nigeria and Malaysia.  It was a scam - her total loss was $8491.40. 

Protect yourself.  FRAUD:  Recognize it.  Report it.  Stop it.

To learn more about Fraud, or to report a scam, call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit their website at www.antifraudcentre.ca.

MAN SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURIES

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(MUNICIPALITY OF GREY HIGHLANDS, ON) – On Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at approximately 8:50 a.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of an injured man at Maple Valley Farms situated on Road 63, north of Badjeros, in the Municipality of Grey Highlands.

The 24 year old victim was operating an industrial router at the family run business when the mishap occurred, resulting in serious injuries to his left hand.  He was taken to hospital in Collingwood where he was transferred by air ambulance to Toronto.

The Ministry of Labour was notified and are now investigating the incident.

OPPBOUND 2014 – MILITARY MEMBERS

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(ORILLIA, ON.) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is hosting OPPBound 2014 in the City of Orillia from July 5-7, 2014.  This year’s recruitment initiative will be focussed on women and men who are current or past members of the Canadian Military, Regular or Reserve, and who are interested in exploring a career in policing.

Fifty (50) applicants will be selected to spend 2 ½ days with “Ontario’s Finest” where they will learn about the history and traditions of the OPP.

OPPBound will include presentations and mentoring sessions with key OPP women and men, both uniform and civilian, who will share their experiences, answer questions and describe their exciting careers. Candidates will also have the opportunity to live the life of an OPP recruit, learn about the recruitment process and participate in practical exercises and physical training.

“The OPP is now a partner agency with Canada Company and the Military Employment Transition Program,” said Inspector Dave Quigley, Manager, Career Development Bureau. “The OPP benefits from hiring former military members as many of the qualities that make a good soldier are qualities that make a great, professional police officer.”

Women and men who are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity may complete an on-line application form located at www.opp.ca.  The application deadline is April 11, 2014 at 11:59pm. 

For more information, please call 1-877-OPP-HIRE (1-877-677-4473) or email opp.uniform.recruitment@ontario.ca .

POLICE LOOKING FOR STOLEN SNOWMOBILE

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(BRANT TWP, ON) – On March 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a snowmobile theft from a residence in the 400 block of Lake Rosalind Road in Brant Township.  Sometime between 2:00 pm on March 3, 2014 and 3:00 pm on March 3, 2014, the snowmobile was taken from the driveway. 

  • Red 1998 Ski-doo 380
  • Licence #829902
  • VIN #122801715

The value of the stolen snowmobile is estimated to be $2,000.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


VEHICLE STOLEN FROM HOLSTEIN

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(TOWNSHIP OF SOUTHGATE, ON) – On Sunday, March 2, 2014 at approximately 12:30 a.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a stolen vehicle from Holstein, in the Township of Southgate.

Between 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 1st and 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 2nd, a black, 1998 Pontiac Sunfire, VIN #1G2JD12T5W7560235, was stolen from a driveway on Lane Street, Holstein. The vehicle was unplated and uninsured.

Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a Web Tip to www.crimestop-gb.org.  You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

DRIVER FAILS TO REMAIN AFTER VEHICLE COLLIDES WITH CRUISER

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(TOWNSHIP OF SOUTHGATE, ON) – Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the driver of a red car involved in a collision with an OPP cruiser last week.

On Thursday, February 27, 2014 at approximately 3:14 p.m. a Grey County OPP officer, operating a fully marked OPP cruiser, was southbound on Hwy. 6 approximately ½ km south of Southgate Rd. 10, when it was struck from behind by a red car. The impact caused the cruiser to collide with the back end of another southbound OPP cruiser.  Both officers activated the cruiser’s emergency lighting system and pulled over.  The suspect vehicle continued southbound, past the cruisers, without stopping.  The officers did not pursue the vehicle due to the whiteout conditions at the time.

There were no injuries reported.  Both cruisers were damaged as a result of the collision. The extent of the damage to the front end of the red car is unknown.

Anyone with information which may assist in this investigation is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a Web Tip to www.crimestop-gb.org.  You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

OPP 2013 TRAFFIC STATISTICS POINT TO DISTRACTED DRIVING AS #1 KILLER ON ROADS O

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(ORILLIA, ON) – Irresponsible driver behaviour has the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) concerned about the fate of many road users this year as officers prepare to launch their next campaign against Distracted Driving.      

In 2013, distracted driving fatalities surpassed both impaired and speed related fatalities in fatal motor vehicle collisions investigated by the OPP.  A total of 78 persons died in distracted driving related collisions compared to 57 impaired driving deaths and 44 speed related deaths last year.

“When you consider the overall impact of these 78 fatalities last year and the 325 other distracted driving victims who have died since 2010, the number of people these irresponsible drivers have had a profound and devastating impact on is in the thousands,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.

“Everyone, from the victims’ families and friends to the police officers who attend these horrific collision scenes and have to notify next-of-kin, knows the emotional impact of one life lost to this senseless driving behavior trickles down to so many people who, sadly, through experience, know how badly this behaviour needs to stop,” he added.  

The OPP recognizes that the only way to stop people from dying in distracted driving related collisions is to raise awareness of how serious the problem is and to have everyone make a firm, lifelong commitment to helping the police and safety partners eliminate it altogether.  According to the OPP, it can be done. 

“Over and above every driver pledging to never text or talk on the phone, pledge to be a good passenger and speak up if the driver in your car is using his/her phone or engaged in other forms of distraction.  Pledge to regularly encourage your friends and family to not be distracted while driving,” said OPP Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander of the Highway Safety Division. “Even though our campaign only runs one week, make this a year-round commitment because it is a fail proof way to help us eliminate the tragic deaths that occur every year because of distracted drivers,” added Bell. 

The OPP is reminding motorists that on March 18, 2014 the current distracted driving fine of $155 will jump to $280 (this includes the increased $225 fine plus a $50 victim fine surcharge and $5 court cost).    

The OPP’s Distracted Driving Campaign runs from Saturday, March 8 to Friday, March 14, 2014.  During that time, the OPP will be doing its part to eliminate the threat of distracted driving through its own awareness raising efforts and focused enforcement of distracted driving laws throughout the province.

The OPP is asking Ontarians to show their support during this important campaign.  Go to the OPP’s Facebook and/or Twitter pages and let them know how you plan on helping to eliminate distracted driving on Ontario roads. The OPP will highlight some of your entries in a campaign wrap-up news release following the campaign.

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POLICE INVESTIGATE CRASH INVOLVING SCHOOL BUS

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(DERBY TWP, ON) – On February 26, 2014 at 3:40 pm, Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a crash involving a school bus on Sunset Strip in Derby Township.  Officers arrived to find that a Green Dodge Durango struck the rear of a Grey Chevrolet Cobalt which pushed the Cobalt into a school bus.  The Cobalt was stopped and the school bus was stopped with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended.  The driver of the Durango, a 71 year old of Owen Sound, was charged with Careless driving.  A student on the bus was taken to hospital to have minor injuries assessed.

The Grey County OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


SCAMMER NETS $832

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(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON) – The South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is sending another reminder for the residents of Southern Bruce County to watch out for scams after a resident in the Municipality of Kincardine reported losing $832 to the Microsoft scam.  The Microsoft scam is a phone call to tell you there is something wrong with your computer that can be fixed remotely – for a fee.  If you suspect a problem, take your computer to a reputable repair service – don’t trust the stranger on the phone.

Tech savvy con artists can create very convincing scams with the use of computers and laser printers.  Fraudsters will commonly use the name of a legitimate company to gain your trust, such as Microsoft.

Fraud continues to be a multi-billion dollar per year enterprise that will only end when the scammers stop making money.  There is no magic to preventing fraud – if it seems too good to be true it likely is.  Always take time to verify the legitimacy of an unsolicited claim.  Whether received by phone, fax, email or at the front door, unsolicited means that you didn’t ask for it.

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

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


POLICE LOOKING FOR STOLEN SNOWMOBILES

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(CHESLEY, ON) – On February 26, 2014 at 7:13 am, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a theft report from a garage on 4th Avenue south west in Chesley.  Sometime between 3:00 pm on February 25, 2014 and 6:30 am on February 26, 2014, a side door on the garage was forcibly entered and 2 snowmobiles were taken.

  • Silver 2003 Polaris Indy 550
  • Licence # 900977
  • VIN # SN1ND5BS43C340905
  • Red 2007 Polaris Switchback 600
    Licence # 977035
    VIN # SN1PS6HSX7C720834

The value of the stolen snowmobiles is estimated to be more than $5,000.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


THAT CONVERSATION IS GOING TO COST YOU: DISTRACTED DRIVING FINES TO INCREASE

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(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON) – On October 26, 2009, distracted driving became illegal in Ontario.  Effective March 18, 2014, the roadside fine for distracted driving becomes $280.

Safe driving requires your full attention as you need to constantly assess the road, your speed, traffic control signals, other drivers, pedestrians and other obstacles that may appear with little or no warning.  It’s estimated that distracted driving is a casual factor in as many as half of all collisions on Ontario roads.

A driver sending a simple text message travels the length of a football field without ever looking at the road.  It’s hard to imagine a conversation so important that you need to risk your life, and that of other road users, to participate.

“I support the increased fine as a stronger deterrent for those motorists that continue to put others safety at risk.  Distracted driving is a completely preventable and totally unacceptable act that can have deadly consequences.  Keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road when you drive – the life you save could be your own” – Inspector Scott Smith, Detachment Commander, South Bruce OPP.

Anyone interested in more information on distracted driving can check online at: http://www.opp.ca/.

YOUTH CHARGED WITH BREAK-IN

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(MUNICIPALITY OF MEAFORD, ON)  -  On Thursday, February 20, 2014 at approximately 8:00 p.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a break-in to a residence on Victoria Street in the Town of Meaford, in the Municipality of Meaford.

The suspect forcibly entered the residence through a window and then proceeded to unlock the front door, allowing two female acquaintances (both 13 years old) to enter.  The accused removed two part bottles of alcohol and several bottles of beer from the home.  The trio then left the residence through the front door.

With the assistance of witnesses, the suspect was identified and arrested in the area a short time later.  He was found to be intoxicated at the time of the arrest.  The two girls received warnings.

The 16 year old male accused, who was on probation for a previous break-in, was charged with break and entering into a dwelling house under the Criminal Code as well as breach of probation under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing scheduled for today, February 21st, 2014.

PROPERTY THEFT FROM VEHICLE

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(CHESLEY, ON) – On February 18, 2014 at 10:05 am, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a theft report from a resident along 1st Street in Chesley.  Sometime between 5:00 pm on February 16, 2014 and 10:00 am on February 18, 2014, a quantity of coin, a cell phone charger and a quantity of small figurines were taken from the caller’s van.  The value of the stolen property is estimated to be more than $300.

In order to help residents protect their vehicles and their belongings, the South Bruce OPP is offering the following tips from the Lock It of Lose It initiative:

ü  Always roll up your vehicle windows, lock the doors and pocket the key

ü  If you have a garage use it.  Lock the door and the vehicle.

ü  Always park your vehicle in a well-lit area.

ü  Never leave valuables in your vehicle.  If you must, secure them in the trunk.

ü  Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


POLICE INVESTIGATING OVERNIGHT BREAK INS

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(KINCARDINE, ON) – On February 20, 2014 at 8:32 am, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a break and enter at the Country Depot along Hamilton Lane in Kincardine.  Sometime between 6:00 pm on February 19, 2014 and 8:30 am on February 20, 2014, the business was forcibly entered through the back door.  2 laptop computers, Country Depot gift certificates and a quantity of cash was taken.  An estimate on the value of the stolen property is not available at this time.

(KINCARDINE, ON) – On February 20, 2014 at 7:00 am, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a break and enter at Tay’s Eatery along Queen Street in Kincardine.  Sometime between 8:00 pm on February 19, 2014 and 6:45 am on February 20, 2014, the business was forcibly entered through the back door and a quantity of coin was taken.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


UPDATE RECOVERED STOLEN SNOWMOBILE

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(TOWNSHIP OF GEORGIAN BLUFFS, ON) – On Thursday, February 20, 2014 at approximately 3:12 p.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of an abandoned snowmobile approximately 50 feet in from Concession 14 in the Township of Georgian Bluffs.

Police discovered that the abandoned snowmobile, a black, 2001 Arctic Cat ZRT, was, in fact, reported stolen on Tuesday, February 18th from a residence on Zion Church Road.

Anyone with information which may assist in this investigation is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a Web Tip to www.crimestop-gb.org.  You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH THEFT AND UTTERING FORGED DOCUMENTS

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(TOWNSHIP OF GEORGIAN BLUFFS, ON) – On Sunday, February 16, 2014, Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a theft report which resulted in the arrest of a Georgian Bluffs woman.

Investigation revealed that between December 10, 2013 and February 15, 2014, the accused had stolen cheques from a relative.  She had forged five cheques, totalling $1,400.

The female, 35, was arrested and charged with 5 counts each of theft under $5,000 and uttering a forged document.  She was held in custody pending a bail hearing scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2014.

THEFT OF SNOWMOBILE

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(TOWNSHIP OF GEORGIAN BLUFFS, ON) – On Sunday, February 16, 2014, Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a call reporting a stolen snowmobile.

A black, 2001 Arctic Cat ZRT snowmobile, Vehicle Registration Number 4UF01SNWX1T132309, bearing licence number 899541, was stolen from Zion Church Road in the Township of Georgian Bluffs.  The snowmobile was parked outside behind the residence. The theft occurred sometime between 8:00 p.m. on February 15th and 6:30 a.m. on February 16th.

Anyone with information which may assist in this investigation is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a Web Tip to www.crimestop-gb.org.  You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNTAINS MAN FACES SEVERAL CRIMINAL CHARGES

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(MUNICIPALITY OF MEAFORD, ON) – On Thursday, February 13, 2014 at approximately 10:19 p.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a domestic related threats complaint. 

Two female victims, who are known to each other, received threats via telephone and text messaging from their common ex-boyfriend, who now resides in the Town of Blue Mountains.  While the victims were at the Meaford Detachment speaking with police, the accused had entered one of the victim’s apartment, causing extensive damage to property.  Police located and arrested the accused on Sykes Street in Meaford a short time later.

The 26 year old male, who was charged with uttering threats - cause death or bodily harm (2 counts); assault; possessing obscene matter; and break, enter a place - commit indictable offence, remains in custody pending a bail hearing.

MUSIC TOO LOUD FOR TOO LONG - MALE ARRESTED FOR MISCHIEF

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(MUNICIPALITY OF MEAFORD, ON)  -  On Thursday, February 13, 2014 at approximately 11:50 p.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested a man for mischief after he refused to turn the music volume down, despite several warnings from police.

Police attended an apartment complex on Parker Street in the town of Meaford on three separate occasions after receiving complaints from residents regarding the on-going noise.  The tenant was found to have been drinking and was belligerent to police and other residents.

The male, 52, was arrested and charged with Mischief – Interfere with Lawful Use, Enjoyment or Operation of Property Under $5,000 contrary to the Criminal Code.

He is scheduled to appear in Court in Owen Sound on March 13, 2014.

UPDATE STOLEN VEHICLE USED IN BREAK-IN AT FOODLAND ATM BREACHED

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(TOWNSHIP OF GEORGIAN BLUFFS, ON) – On Thursday, February 13, 2014 at approximately 5:56 a.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a break-in at the Foodland grocery store located on Hwy. 6 & 21 (Sunset Strip) in the Township of Georgian Bluffs.  An ATM machine located inside the store’s vestibule was breached just before 4:00 a.m., and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

The Grey County OPP Crime Unit and the OPP Forensic Identification Services Unit (Mount Forest) were called to assist with the investigation, which is ongoing.

Police have identified the vehicle used by the culprit(s) in this incident - a black, 2004 GMC Sierra pick-up truck bearing Ontario licence plate 195 2MM.  The vehicle had chrome centre hubs, chrome running boards, a trailer hitch and a clear snow plow mounted to the front of the truck.  The pick-up truck, which was reported stolen from J.P. Commercial Contractors in Owen Sound later that day, matched the description of the suspect vehicle captured in a surveillance video.  The vehicle is still outstanding.

Police are asking anyone with information which may assist in this investigation to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a Web Tip to www.crimestop-gb.org.  You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

OPP EXECUTE SEARCH WARRANT

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(GREENCOCK TWP, ON) – On February 7, 2014 at 5:00 am, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) entered a residence along Highway 9 in Greenock Township on the strength of a search warrant.

South Bruce OPP, South Bruce OPP Crime Unit, OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit, OPP Emergency Response Team, OPP Drug Enforcement Unit, Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit and West Region Criminal Operations officers arrested 5 people without incident.

A 33 year old Brockton man has been charged with:

 

  • 3 counts of Possessing a firearm while prohibited
  • 2 counts of Possessing a controlled substance
  • 2 counts of Possession of stolen property over $5,000
  • Possess a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon
  • Breach of firearms regulations
  • 4 counts of Breach probation
  • 2 counts of Fail to comply with recognizance

 

A 46 year old Brockton man has been charged with:

 

  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • 2 counts of Possessing a controlled substance
  • Possess a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • 2 counts of Possession stolen property over $5,000
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon
  • Breach of firearms regulations

 

A 40 year old Huron-Kinloss woman has been charged with:

 

  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • 2 counts of Possessing a controlled substance
  • Possess a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • 2 counts of Possession stolen property over $5,000
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon
  • Breach of firearms regulations

 

A 38 year old Brockton woman has been charged with:

 

  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • 2 counts of Possessing a controlled substance
  • Possess a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • 2 counts of Possess stolen property over $5,000
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon
  • Breach of firearms regulations

 

A 16 year old Brockton teen has been charged with:

 

  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • 2 counts of Possessing a controlled substance
  • Possess a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • 2 counts of Possess stolen property over $5,000
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon
  • Breach of firearms regulations

 

The accused cannot be identified under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Officers recovered a fully loaded assault rifle, a quantity of illegal street drugs and stolen property from the residence.

This is an isolated incident.  There is no threat to public safety.

MALE ARRESTED FOR DISTURBANCE AT DRUG STORE

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(KINCARDINE, ON) – On February 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a disturbance at the Rexall Pharmacy along Sutton Street in Kincardine.  Officers arrived to find a male swearing and yelling at store staff.  Following his arrest, a number of items belonging to the store were recovered.  A 37 year old of no fixed address has been charged with Cause a disturbance, Theft under $5,000, Possess stolen property, Possess a controlled substance and Breach probation.  He was held in custody pending the results of a bail hearing scheduled for February 10, 2014.

OPP EXECUTE SEARCH WARRANT

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(GREENCOCK TWP, ON) – On February 7, 2014 at 5:00 am, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) entered a residence along Highway 9 in Greenock Township on the strength of a search warrant.

South Bruce OPP, South Bruce OPP Crime Unit, OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit, OPP Emergency Response Team, OPP Drug Enforcement Unit, Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit and West Region Criminal Operations officers arrested 5 people without incident.

Officers recovered a fully loaded assault rifle, a quantity of illegal street drugs and stolen property from the residence.

This is an isolated incident.  There is no threat to public safety.

The investigation is in its early stages.

OPP SEEK PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING MISSING MEAFORD MAN

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(MUNICIPALITY OF MEAFORD, ON) – Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Jonathan (Jon) Michael RILEY, age 47, of Meaford, Ontario.

Mr. RILEY left his residence in Meaford on or about May 1, 2013, indicating he was going to Toronto for a few days.  His mode of transportation is unknown.  He does not have access to a vehicle.  His family and friends have not heard from him since May 2013, and have reported him missing. 

Mr. RILEY is described as being 5’10” tall, 220 lbs, brown eyes, having short blondish/grey hair.  His clothing descriptors are unknown; however he normally wears blue jeans and a baseball cap.  He is self-employed - computer technician.

Photographs of Mr. RILEY may be found on the Facebook link created by the family: https://www.facebook.com/Finding.JonRiley

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Mr. RILEY is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a Web Tip to www.crimestop-gb.org.  You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

POLICE LOOKING FOR STOLEN SNOWMOBILE

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(RIPLEY, ON) – On February 4, 2014 at 9:40 pm, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a snowmobile theft from the Ripley Fire Hall along Huron Street in Ripley.  Sometime between 7:00 pm on February 4, 2014 and 7:20 pm on February 4, 2014, the snowmobile was taken while parked outside the Fire Hall.

  • Candy Red 2006 Yamaha Apex
  • Plate #958180
  • VIN #JYE8FR1086A001396

The value of the stolen snowmobile is estimated to be $4,500.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


THREE VEHICLES INVOLVED IN COLLISION DRIVER CHARGED WITH CARELESS

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(MUNICIPALITY OF MEAFORD, ON)  -  On Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at approximately 12:57 p.m.., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a three vehicle collision on Sykes Street South, Meaford, in the Municipality of Meaford.

A 2008 Pontiac van travelling southbound on Sykes Street collided into the back of a stopped 2002 Chevrolet Impala which then struck the back of a 2008 Honda Civic.  The vehicles had been stopped waiting for another vehicle to make a left turn onto Margaret Street.

The Meaford Fire Department and Grey County EMS attended the scene.  There were minor injuries reported.

The driver of the Pontiac, 74, of Meaford, was charged with Careless Driving under the Highway Traffic Act.

MALE ROBBED IN MARKDALE

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(MUNICIPALITY OF GREY HIGHLANDS, ON) – Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), with the assistance of the Grey County OPP Crime Unit, is investigating a robbery which occurred in the early hours of Saturday, February 1, 2014, in the village of Markdale, in the Municipality of Grey Highlands.

The victim was walking on Argyle Street in Markdale when he was physically assaulted by three males and robbed.  The incident occurred between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on February 1st.

The 23 year old victim attended the Markdale Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.

The investigation is ongoing.  Further details to be released as accurate and confirmed information becomes available.

Anyone with information which may assist in this investigation is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a Web Tip to www.crimestop-gb.org.  You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

NEED HELP? YOU ARE NOT ALONE

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(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON) – Launched in the Spring of 2013 by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, NeedHelpNow.ca is a website resource designed to provide youth with practical steps to regain control over a regrettable post that is being shared and viewed by peers.

In a digital age where smart phones and tablets can quickly post images, photos and thoughts, more and more people are connecting online.  A sexual image or otherwise troubling picture can easily be shared with the same ease as the original post.  Although the harassment is electronic, the health effects for the victim are very real, in some cases, tragically permanent.

The South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is proud to support NeedHelpNow.ca and want to ensure the residents of Southern Bruce County are aware of this valuable resource that is available for teens.

“Today’s youth are facing a greater number of challenges than previous generations.  These challenges become dangerous when they surf the internet believing they are consequence free and anonymous users.  It still takes a community to raise a child, so do your part and help keep them safe.  Educate them to the risks of sharing information online and support them if they are being tormented over something that has gone ‘viral’.  Everyone makes mistakes, so make sure they know that #youtharenotalone” – Inspector Scott Smith, Detachment Commander, South Bruce OPP.

TWO MALES FOUND SLEEPING INSIDE STOLEN VEHICLE

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(MUNICIPALITY OF GREY HIGHLANDS, ON) – On Sunday, February 2, 2014 at approximately 5:46 a.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of two males observed sleeping inside a vehicle parked on the travelled portion of Road 55 in the Municipality of Grey Highlands.

The vehicle in question, a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta, had been reported stolen from a residence on Grey Rd. 124 in Singhampton on Monday, January 27, 2014.

Police arrived at the scene and awakened the two individuals who were still found sleeping inside the stolen vehicle.  A quantity of syringes and other drug paraphernalia was seized.

Charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 under the Criminal Code, and possession of marihuana under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act are, a male, 30, and his brother, 27, both of the Municipality of Grey Highlands.

A bail hearing was scheduled for Monday, February 3, 2014.

VEHICLE DITCHED - DRIVER AND PASSENGER CHARGED

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(TOWNSHIP OF GEORGIAN BLUFFS, ON) – On Saturday, February 1, 2014 at approximately 9:00 p.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a motor vehicle in a ditch on Grey Rd. 17 near Grey Rd. 17A in the Township of Georgian Bluffs.

The driver of the 2001 Chevrolet pick-up truck, of Bruce Peninsula, was charged with careless driving.  His passenger, of Bruce Peninsula, who was found to be highly intoxicated, was charged with being intoxicated in a public place.  Both men were issued Provincial Offence Notices.

There were no injuries reported.

CAR FIRE IN MEAFORD

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(MUNICIPALITY OF MEAFORD, ON) – On Saturday, February 1, 2014 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a vehicle on fire on 22 Sideroad in the Municipality of Meaford.

The Meaford Fire Department attended.  A 2001 Dodge Caravan was damaged by the fire, which was not found to be suspicious.  The 30 year old male driver from Meaford was not injured.

A NEW YEAR BUT AN OLD GAME - FRAUD

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(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON) – On January 31, 2014 at 11:23 pm, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of an attempted scam by phone from a resident in the Municipality of Kincardine.  A “Microsoft technician” called to advise of a computer problem that could be “fixed” remotely for a fee.  This scam attempt was quickly identified and the call was disconnected.

Technology provides scammers with both an unlimited supply of information and the resources to create their scams.  Tech savvy con artists can forge documents to appear as if they came from a government agency, bank or another established company that you most likely have heard of in an effort to gain your trust.  They can also learn about you and your community from an online search before they try to contact you. 

There is no limit to the schemes a con artist will attempt to separate you from your hard earned money.  Fraud continues to be a multibillion dollar per year enterprise and this will only end when the scams stop making money.

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

“LOCK IT IN YOUR POCKET” CELL PHONE POCKET CALLS TO 911 TIE UP EMERGENCY SERVICES

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(SOUTH BRUCE COUNTY, ON) – Between January 1st, 2013 and December 31st, 2013, the South Bruce OPP responded to 579 911 calls.  Of these 579 calls, 10 (2%) were actual emergencies.  The other 569 (98%) of the 911 calls the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received in 2013 were accidental calls, kids playing with the phone, phone line trouble or cell phone “pocket dial” calls.

Cell phone “pocket dial”/accidental accounted for 323 (56%) of the 911 calls of the 911 calls that the South Bruce OPP responded to in 2013.

128 (22%) of the 911 calls were accidental.  Accidental calls include: misdials, where the caller was attempting to call 411, an overseas number, or from someone programming emergency numbers into a phone auto dialer.

79 (14%) of the 911 calls received in 2013 were classified as kids playing with the phone.  These calls were a combination of small children playing with phones and prank calls, made by youth, from public pay phones.

39 (7%) of the 911 calls received were caused by a phone line problem which was dealt with by the phone company repair crews.

“When 911 is called, emergency personnel will respond.  In some areas, a 911 call will activate police, fire and ambulance to respond, which creates a significant cost to the rate payers, but the potential harm is far greater.  Emergency responders are strategically located to provide the best possible service delivery.  If they are delayed responding to a real event by a non-emergent 911 call, the consequences could be very serious for the person or people that need immediate assistance.  ‘Lock it in your pocket’ means lock your cell phone keypad and save 911 for true emergencies” – Inspector Scott Smith, Detachment Commander, South Bruce OPP