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Fraud charges

publisher Oct 4, 2018 - 12:37pm

A 56-year-old South Glengarry woman has been charged with fraud over $5,000 following an investigation by the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment into a report of a theft of funds from a victim in South Glengarry Township.

Angela Zimmerman is scheduled to appear in Alexandria court October 10.

Fraud warning

publisher Jun 19, 2018 - 10:22am

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Cornwall Detachment is issuing a public notice with respect to fraudulent telephone calls.

The RCMP is warning the general public of fraudulent telephone calls which appear to be coming from the RCMP. The callers impersonate a police officer on the phone and inform the victims that there is a large amount of money owning on their personal taxes, and that an arrest warrant has been issued in their name. The callers then demand that a large amount of money be paid forthwith via money transfer. The fraudsters are using Caller ID spoofing, which the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre describes as disguising telephone numbers appearing on a caller ID display. This popular tool allows scammers to disguise their calls, as the call will appear to be coming from local or familiar numbers to trick people into answering the phone and trusting the caller.

For more information on Call ID spoofing please check out this link.

Be aware that these fraudsters may use a variety of other scam tactics as well. The scams are designed to create anxiety so that victims respond by sending money quickly in order to fix the problem.

Be aware: the RCMP does not contact individuals via e-mail or telephone for the purpose of collecting fines or taxes.

If you have received similar telephones calls or know of someone who has, please contact your local police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or through their online reporting tool

Scam season: Revenue Canada does not seek iTunes payments

publisher Mar 27, 2018 - 2:30pm

Scammers are very busy this time of year with tax related scams intended to frighten victims and trick you into sending them money, warns the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment.

Fraudsters will claim they are calling from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and that either you owe taxes, or that a refund is due. Their preferred payment form for taxes owed is in iTunes cards, so that is your first clue that something is not right. The CRA would never call you; they always correspond by mail. Secondly, they do not accept payments in the form of iTunes cards. They will also claim you may be arrested immediately if you don't pay today. The police in Canada would never arrest you for not paying taxes.

Should the scammers be telling you a refund is owed, they are trying to get your banking information, claiming they will may a deposit. In fact, they will empty your bank account if you share this information with them.

Protect yourself and your money. Learn more from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, or online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca

Maxville woman charged with fraud

publisher Mar 13, 2018 - 6:17pm

A 52-year-old Maxville woman has been charged with fraud by Kingston police after she allegedly misappropriated over $600,000 from her employer after two local charities suffered huge losses while she acted as their secretary-treasurer.

Police say that the accused, who was not named, acted as comptroller for a Kingston business. During this time the accused sat on the boards of two charities located in Maxville.

Due to errors on her part, both charities incurred huge debts while the accused acted as the secretary treasurer, police say.

In an effort to keep the charities from falling into serious arrears the accused used her position as comptroller and began funneling money from her Kingston employer. Over the next three years the accused transferred just over $600,000 from the business into the bank accounts of both charities.

In December, 2017 the matter was reported to police and detectives with the Kingston Police Fraud Unit began an investigation. It was determined some of the funds misappropriated by the accused to the charities were used to cover the expenses the accused incurred through her role as secretary treasurer.

On March 11, detectives arrested the accused at her address in Maxville. The accused was transported to Kingston police headquarters where she was later released with a future court date.

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New scam alerts

publisher Feb 13, 2018 - 10:28am

Be wary of the old tax fraud scam.

A local woman advises she received a bogus phone call warning her that she was facing tax fraud charges.

She was given a phone number that is linked to a fraud ring.

Another scheme has someone posing as a retailer who alerts a consumer his or her credit card account has been compromised. The victim is then told to call 911, as well as his or her financial institution, to report the fraud, but when the target hangs up, the person is unaware the call is not disconnected.

Police say the victims are then led to believe they made an outgoing call and are speaking to authorities. 

The victims are then told to go to their banking institution to transfer funds into a different account which is supposedly intended to safeguard their funds. The victim has in fact received these instructions from the original fraudster.

Fraud victims sought

publisher May 11, 2017 - 8:07am

Investigators are seeking people who have been victimized by Kingston-based Next Level Investments, the subject of a police investigation that resulted in five people being charged with fraud.

The investigative team, which includes detectives from both the Kingston Police and the OPP, is now in a position to hear from people who may believe that they are a victim of this company or may have invested with them and either received or were promised a return for their investment. This link will provide direction of how to report and provide your information to police.

Scam alert

publisher Jan 23, 2017 - 11:54am

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has seen a significant decrease in the amount of losses attributed to the CRA scam, following a large number of arrests conducted by authorities at a number of "call centres" in India. The fraudsters are attempting to re-engage victims who have previously lost money to the CRA scam.

The following is an actual quote from an email sent to a victim: "We are happy to help you with our services. As you have already paid a huge amount of money to various scammers. Based on your background verification and as per your discussion with our senior management personnel Mr. David Carter, we are pleased to pay you CAD 97000 dollars. This is to inform you that the above amount will be given to you in four equal installments on the payment of nominal documentation fees which is 4.9% of CAD 97000$ which is equal to CAD 4753 dollar. This is a one time payment of the documentation charges which shall be collected at your door step by our representative. On receiving the said fees, we shall release your first installment cheque worth CAD 24250 dollars within 48 hours. If you have any queries you can reach us via email or you can call our management personnel whose details are as under. Mr David Carter".

Many victims never report these incidents to the police. If you or a family member has fallen victim to this fraud, please report to your local police service, as well as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. You have two ways to make a report to the CAFC: either by phone at 1-888-495-8501 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) or through their online reporting tool at http://www.antifraudcentre- centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerin…/index-eng.htm

Attempted fraud charge

richard Dec 30, 2015 - 4:07pm

An Ottawa woman has been charged after Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers responded to a report of a suspicious female at a residence on Concession 4, North Glengarry Township. Investigation indicated that the woman was attempting to convince the would-be victims to provide quantities of cash in return for promised profits.
Blandine Ngo-Nkou-Bayiga, 33, was charged with attempted fraud.
People are reminded to be cautious when offered something that is “too good to
be true.” Visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud (PhoneBusters) website at
www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca for current information and helpful
protection tips on a variety of ongoing common scams.

Scam alert

richard Nov 30, 2015 - 9:24am

Be wary of scam artists pretending to be working for Revenue Canada. One area woman reports she received a call saying she had to call immediately to avoid being hauled into court for an apparent non-payment of taxes. Call the fraud squad at 1-888-495-8501 to report any scams.

Lottery scam alert

richard Jul 8, 2015 - 11:11am

Beware of the lottery scam.
The warning is being issued by the Ontario Provincial Police after a North Dundas man alerted the OPP when he was asked to send a fee after allegedly “winning” a lottery.
Lottery scams and other prize fraud schemes now rank second highest in terms of the number of mass marketing fraud complaints, and fourth in terms of dollar losses reported by victims.
If you have been approached to pay a fee to claim a lottery or other type of prize, contact your local police service or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at https://www.tipsubmit.com.
Never send money to anybody you don’t know and trust.
Don’t provide personal banking details to anyone that you do not know and trust.
Examine all of the terms and conditions of any offer very carefully. Claims of free or very cheap offers often have hidden costs. Calls to premium rate phone numbers or premium text messages can be very expensive.
Ask yourself, “Did I willingly enter this contest?”