Online scams are being reported on a daily basis, according to Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police.
A release issued by the Prescott detachment on Monday lists several recent local reports as examples of attempts to defraud victims.
They include a Prescott resident who provided their SIN to someone claiming to be a Canada Revenue Agency employee as well as an Augusta resident who received a phone call from someone claiming to be a police officer and requesting the last four digits of his SIN.
There was also a North Grenville resident who provided their SIN and bank account information to a scammer who claimed to be a Service Canada employee concerned that there were numerous suspicious accounts in the victim’s name.
In noting that the Canada Revenue Agency would never contact an individual by phone, text or email requesting personal information on funds, OPP advised the public to be wary of messages indicating money has been awarded, money is owed, or an account has been compromised.
“Talk with someone before you click,” said police.
Grenville OPP also cited a report from an Augusta resident that a suspect had assumed the identity of a business by way of an email account. The township resident became suspicious when money was demanded and by spelling mistakes. No money was lost.
To address the rising number of romance scams, provincial police are advising the public to be wary of online acquaintances who ask for money or for cheques to be cashed, or who quickly leave a dating site and ask to communicate another way such as by instant message or email.
Be cautious if the acquaintance claims to have fallen in love after a very short time and without even meeting in person, or asks for provocative photos or to perform suggestive acts on camera. Potential victims should also be wary of an online acquaintance who makes excuses for not being able to meet in person or cancels meetings at the last minute. Many romance scammers impersonate members of the military or others who hold positions of trust, according to the OPP.
Man turns himself in
A local man turned himself in to police this weekend after a warrant was issued for his arrest earlier this year.
Brockville police said a 34-year-old Brockville man arrived at the police station Sunday morning just before 10 a.m. after a warrant was issued for allegedly failing to attend court on a fraud charge in August of this year.
The man was originally charged for allegedly depositing altered cheques. He was released from custody with a future court date.
CN Rail trespasser
Police were called over the weekend about someone allegedly trespassing on CN Rail property near Havelock Street.
Brockville Police searched the area and located a 35-year-old woman on the property. Police say she was wanted for breaching her bail conditions.
Police arrested her without incident and held her in custody for a bail hearing.
Woman found with outstanding warrant
While on routine patrol over the weekend, Brockville Police spotted a local woman whom they say was wanted on an outstanding warrant.
They spotted the 20-year-old local woman on Saturday evening just after 6 p.m. She was known to the officers and they were aware she had an outstanding warrant for her arrest for failing to attend court.
She was arrested and searched and allegedly found to be in possession of a counterfeit US$20 bill.
Police warned her about being in possession of the bill and she was released with a future court date.
Tried to get medication
An Ottawa woman was arrested by Grenville County OPP and charged with uttering a forged document.
Police responded on Wednesday morning to a reported fraud at a pharmacy on County Road 43 in Kemptville.
An individual allegedly attempted to obtain medication by using a false prescription. Misty Macdonald, 36, was released and is scheduled to appear in Brockville court on Nov. 22.