Scams and Frauds

Scams and Frauds – Ontario Chiefs of Police Launch Province-wide Crime Prevention Campaign

The St. Thomas Police wants to warn citizens and businesses about new and often sophisticated scams that prey on vulnerable taxpayers, utility users, and consumers.

If you feel uneasy about someone calling you or showing up at your door about your taxes or your utility bills, if you notice suspicious banking or on-line activities related to your financial assets, don’t be fooled. Call us, we can help.

Recently, the Canada Revenue Scam has become increasingly popular in our area. Just remember that the Police will not arrest you on behalf of Canada Revenue nor will we make phone calls for them. Individuals and businesses can call the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to confirm the authenticity of a CRA telephone number or report incidents of suspected fraud to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

The St. Thomas Police Service is partnering with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) to promote the OACP’s 2016 Crime Prevention Campaign. The campaign theme is “Know Who You’re Dealing With…”. A new crime prevention booklet detailing the types of crimes Ontarians should be aware of and what they can do to protect themselves, their families, and their businesses, is now available at http://www.oacp.on.ca/news-events/resource-documents/public-resource-docs.

It’s estimated that all types of financial crimes and fraud cost Canadians more than $10 billion each year. When it comes to mass marketing fraud, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre reported a total of 51,385 complaints between January and November of 2015, involving 13,717 victims. The total dollar value loss suffered by these victims was $61.3 million dollars. In 2014, the total dollar lost to these types of crimes was $75 million.

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