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Crime Brief - January 25, 2018

Jan 25, 2018

 
Type:  Damage to Vehicle
Location: Tamara Place 
Incident:   On the morning of January 24, 2018 damage to property was discovered on a vehicle parked at a business on Tamara Place. Fuel tank straps had been cut however the fuel tank was still in place.

Type: Motor Vehicles Entered
Location: Abbott Court
Incident:   Sometime during the day on Tuesday January 23, 2018 several vehicles were entered while parked during the day at a car pool lot off of Garden Avenue. One locked vehicle suffered damage to the driver?s side door as a result of the forced entry. No items were reported stolen.

Type:  Internet Fraud ? Romance Scam
Incident: 18-2938
Incident:   On Tuesday January 23, 2018, a 59 year old Brantford woman contacted the Brantford Police Service to report being the victim of a fraud.
 In October 2017 the victim received a random message from an unknown person via her facebook account. The victim began chatting with this man who identified himself as Mark Wilson and that he was a contractor 
from the United States who was currently working overseas in Nigeria. Over the next few months ?Mark? claimed he had lost his new phone and had to use an older model phone that was not capable of having a live chat via facetime.  ?Mark? sent the victim photographs he alleged were himself and of his daughter.  The conversations continued and an online romance began. The conversations went from romance to the fraudster asking the victim to send him money. Although the victim and fraudster never met, the fraudster manipulated and convinced the victim that the romance and feelings were genuine. The victim continued to send money to the fraudster even though she could not afford to give him money. The victim had originally attended to a Money Mart in order to send $2,000.00 to Nigeria. An employee at the business warned the victim that this was a scam. The victim still believing the fraudster sent in total $4,000.00 via money gram and Western Union. The victim was instructed to send funds to a variety of places including Nigeria, Washington DC and North Carolina. In the end the victim became suspicious of ?Mark? and began to doubt the online romance. Most recently when the victim questioned the fraudster he tried to convince the victim to send more money claiming that he was dying, he wished to visit her in Canada and needed money to visit her. 

If you suspect that someone you know has fallen prey to any type of fraudulent scam, don't criticize them. Encourage that person to share their concerns with you about their situation. If in doubt call police! According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, romance scams continue to cause severe financial harm on consumers. Fraudsters use fake photos, use dating sites and social media outlets to lure potential victims into sending money.  
 


Warning Signs - How to Protect Yourself (Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre)

?Fraudsters want to develop a quick relationship with you, be suspicious when someone you haven't met professes their love to you.
?Never under any circumstances send money for any reason.
?Be cautious when conversing with an individual that claims to live close to you but is working overseas, this is a set up for the fraudster to provide numerous reasons to ask for money.
?If you receive a "pay cheque" or another form of payment from someone you've met online and they ask you to cash it and send a portion of the funds back to them - don't do it! It's a counterfeit cheque and you'll be responsible to cover any fees from the bank.

Signs to look out for if you suspect a family or friend is being scammed (CA-FC)

?Distressed family/friend worried about a loved one
?Talking about good friend or loved one in another country that is coming to visit or needs help.
?Mentions Western Union or MoneyGram
?Frequenting the bank more often
?Making unusual withdrawals both in amounts and frequency.
?Making multiple withdrawals ranging from $500? $3000 in Cash.
?Making large dollar wire transfers to countries in Africa, Asia or Eastern Europe
?A sudden inability to pay normal bills.
?Requests for loans or cash.
?Banking records that show cheques or withdrawals made to unfamiliar companies.
?Secretive behaviour regarding phone calls.

If you have already sent funds and/or your personal information contact the police and your financial institution immediately. If you believe that you have been a VICTIM OF FRAUD and reside in the City of Brantford, contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050.
Educate yourself. If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888- 495-8501 or www.antifraudcentre.ca.


Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a webtip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

 

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