CAFC and OPP Continue to Warn Canadians of Ongoing Financial Sextortion Scams
This bulletin was prepared to warn Canadians of ongoing financial sextortion scams. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) continues to receive reports of victims who have been convinced to perform intimate acts in front of their device’s camera and threaten to release images or video unless paid.
Based on reports received, victims are lured into an online relationship through social media or dating websites. As the communication becomes more intimate, victims are encouraged to appear and expose themselves on camera. They may also be asked to share nude photos. Eventually, the fraudster will threaten to release the explicit material (on social media, other online platforms or send it directly to their friends and/or family members) unless a sum of money is paid.
- Being contacted by social or dating profiles that seem perfect. Fraudsters often steal pictures from attractive and/or famous figures from countries victims are not familiar with.
- Fraudsters often recommend transferring the conversation to a different (more private) method of communication (email/text/social media, etc).
- Someone you haven’t met, in person, professes their love for you.
- Receiving a request to exchange intimate photos and videos. Fraudsters will often share images or video first to entice the victim to share as well.
- Fraudsters often claim that their microphone is not working for video calls and will insist in texting or typing.
How to protect yourself
- Recognize that live streaming can be recorded and that pre-recorded video can be livestreamed.
- Familiarize yourself with social media privacy settings and consider limiting who has access to your personal information (i.e. friends list, location).
- Unless you know the person offline, there is no way to confirm who is on the other end.
- Trust your instincts, be skeptical and cautious.
- Never send money to someone you haven’t met.
- Don’t get sextorted, send a naked mole rat (www.dontgetsextorted.ca) thanks to CyberTip.ca, a program of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
- Learn more and protect yourself from sextortion.
- Learn more tips and tricks for protecting yourself from fraud.
Anyone who suspects they have been the victim of cybercrime or fraud should report it to their local police and to the CAFC’s online reporting system or by phone at 1-888-495-8501. If not a victim, report it to the CAFC anyway.
For instances of sextortion involving youth under 18, please also report to www.cybertip.ca. Cybertip.ca is Canada’s tip line for reporting online child sexual abuse and exploitation and dedicated to reducing child victimization through technology, education, public awareness, along with supporting survivors and their families.
NOTTAWASAGA OPP WARN PUBLIC OF ONGOING “GRANDPARENT SCAM”
Members of the Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) want to remind the public to be vigilant of emergency phone call scams. Please speak to your vulnerable or elderly family members about these scams.”Grandma, it’s me…I need help…please don’t tell anyone” That is a common opening line used to target unsuspecting victims as part of an emergency scam. Scammers prey on vulnerable persons and seniors and play on their emotions to defraud them of their money.
In a typical emergency scam, the victim will receive a frantic phone call from someone claiming to be a grandchild or loved one. Quite often the calls are made in the middle of the night to cause further confusion and to come across as extremely urgent. Scammers will often state that they are not feeling well, therefore, sound a bit different. The caller will explain that they are involved in some sort of trouble with the law or have trouble returning from a foreign country and need money right away.
The scammers will often request an electronic money transfer or money to be withdrawn and picked up by a courier service.
Be aware of emergency scam warning signs:
Urgency: The scammer always makes the request sound very urgent, which may cause the victim to not verify the story.
Fear: The scammer plays on the victim’s emotions by generating a sense of fear. For instance they may say, “I’m really scared and I need help from you now.”
Secrecy: The scammer pleads with the victim not to tell anyone about the situation, such as, “Please don’t tell my parents, they would be so mad.”
To avoid becoming a victim, police advise to first check with another family member or trusted friend to verify the information BEFORE sending money.
For more information regarding ongoing scams in Canada or to report fraud, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at http://antifraudcentre.ca/. If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, call the Nottawasaga OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Learn more about ongoing scams in Canada with the Little Black Book of Scams: https://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/04333.html.
FRAUD…Recognize it…Report it…Stop it.
MALE IN CUSTODY AFTER AN EARLY MORNING STABBING IN WASAGA BEACH
(WASAGA BEACH, ON) – On Sunday July 17th, 2022 at 12:07 a.m., officer’s from the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded along with Simcoe County Paramedic Services to a report of a stabbing at a business on Beach Drive in the Town of Wasaga Beach.
Upon arrival, emergency services personnel located a male victim who had sustained serious injuries to the upper body. The 20-year old victim from Halton Hills was transported to Collingwood General and Marine Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
Tengkiz BERITZE, 26 years old, of North York was arrested and charged with:
- Aggravated Assault
- Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
The accused was held in custody for a show cause hearing and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie later today.
POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING AT A WASAGA BEACH RESIDENCE
(WASAGA BEACH, ON) – On Thursday July 14, 2022, at approximately 10:54 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Huronia West Detachment along with Simcoe County Paramedic Services responded to an emergency 9-1-1 call for a shooting at a residence located on Bianca Crescent in Wasaga Beach.
Officers arrived on scene and located an adult female that had suffered a gunshot wound. She was transported to a local area hospital where she was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.
The OPP Canine Unit along with Emergency Response Team Members assisted in the investigation however were unable to locate any involved suspects, who are believed to have fled northbound in the area in the area of Allegra Drive.
Investigators believe that this is not a random but rather a targeted isolated incident that remains under investigation. The OPP reminds all members of the public to be aware of their personal safety at all times.
Further updates will be provided when new information becomes available.
The OPP is continuing to investigate and is asking residents in the surrounding areas if they witnessed anything to contact police at 1-888-310-1122 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. If any member of the public has video surveillance capturing anything suspicious, please contact investigators.
Impaired Drivers Keep Getting the Communities Attention
(MIDLAND, ON)- Two more impaired drivers were recently removed the roadways of North Simcoe after members of the Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment were alerted of two instances involving possible impaired drivers by community members.
911 calls of a possible impaired driver were received from community members at approximately 7:30 p.m. July 12, 2022 after an individual had an interaction with a store clerk at a Yonge Street, Midland retail store and left driving a vehicle possibly impaired. Investigators were able to locate the vehicle at a Montreal Street, Midland residence and commenced an impaired driving investigation upon speaking with the driver.
As a result Courtney PLAXTON 32 years of Midland has been criminally charged with Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus). The accused was released on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on July 28, 2022 and also faces a drivers licence suspension as per the Ministry of Transportation (ADLS) guidelines and a seven day vehicle impound.
In a second instance, officers were dispatched at approximately 12:09 pm. July 12, 2022 to a report of a possible impaired driver at a retail outlet at Fifth and Vinden Streets, Midland. Investigators located the driver nearby and entered into a impaired driving investigation.
As a result Steven James WRIGHT 44 years of Severn Township has been charged criminally with Operation while impaired – blood drug concentration, Operation While Prohibited under the Criminal Code and further with Possession of anything for use in, production of/trafficking in Schedule I or Schedule III substance contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act.
The accused was released on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on September 1, 2022 and also faces a drivers licence suspension as per the Ministry of Transportation (ADLS) guidelines and a seven day vehicle impound.
This week is Operation Safe Driver and drivers of personal vehicles are reminded that officers will be monitoring roads for motorists engaging in risky driving in and around large commercial motor vehicles. (see attached poster)
Educating the public about safe driving practices with our community safety partners is a priority, if you see a possible impaired driver on our roadways, waterways or trails please “Make the Call” and dial 911 as impaired driving never ends well, please make a plan to get home safely.
STRANDED PADDLEBOARDER RESCUSED BY HELICOPTER FROM NOTTAWASAGA RIVER
Officers from the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) with the assistance of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) and some good Samaritan’s rescued a stranded paddleboarder and her dog.
On July 10, 2022, shortly after 6 p.m., a 41-year-old from Essa Township left Angus with her dog on a paddleboard with the intention to travel the Nottawasaga River to Edenvale Conservation Centre. Due to low water levels in some areas and unforeseen obstacles in others, the female was forced to portage in several areas which caused her to become exhausted. Approximately halfway through the 20-kilometre trek, she and her dog were forced to stop and wait for assistance. A family member, along with a good Samaritan left Edenvale in a boat in an attempt to locate them. Due to shallow water, the rescuers were forced to abandon the boat and navigate the swampy regions by foot in the dark. The exhausted pair eventually located the female several kilometres away. After spending a night in the bush, all parties were eventually rescued and lifted out by helicopter.
For detailed information on emergency preparedness during wilderness trips, visit the national AdventureSmart program at www.adventuresmart.ca