June 25, 2024

According to a recent press release, law enforcement authorities in northern Ontario have observed a rising number of telephone and internet-related scam incidents.

A remarkable increase in telephone and internet scams has been reported in Northern Ontario of late, warn the provincial police. A man using a keyboard in this photo illustration, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2023, Toronto. (Graeme Roy/The Canadian Press)

The West Parry Sound Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) announced it is looking into numerous cases of fraud that have transpired during the past month, on Friday’s press release.

“Several frauds and scams have been attended to by the members of West Parry Sound OPP over the last 30 days, losing over $100,000 in total,” the police reported.

Official representatives from the OPP have highlighted that many of these fraudulent activities were distinctly centered around cryptocurrency investments.

Guidance for Protection

Police have provided the following guidance to aid in personal protection against scam activities:

  • Neither the CRA nor any government offices will ever demand payments in form of cryptocurrency or prepaid gift cards.
  • Immediately disconnect the call if someone uses abusive language or intimidates you with immediate arrest unless you comply with payment demands.
  • Do not disclose your personal details.
  • Terminate any suspicious calls immediately.
  • Never hesitate to decline.
  • Ensure to safeguard your online accounts.
  • Always conduct your own research before taking action.

This undated file photo shows a cordless phone. (CTV News)

If you believe that you, or someone you know, may have fallen victim to a fraudulent scheme, you are urged to reach out to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre in addition to the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or your local police authority.

Visit www.antifraudcentre.ca for additional information on how you can safeguard yourself against prevalent scams.