The Hamilton (Ontario) Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE), working in conjunction with Warman RCMP and the Saskatchewan RCMP ICE Unit, has arrested 35 year-old Robert Sowell of Hamilton, ON.
Sowell is charged with a number of child exploitation offences:
Luring a Child Under 14 Years - sec. 172.1 CC
Making Sexually Explicit Material Available to a Child - sec. 171.1 CC
Possession of Child Pornography – sec. 163.1(4) CC
Failure to Comply with a Recognizance (3 charges) – sec. 145(3) CC
Several electronic devices were also seized.
The investigation stemmed from a complaint received by Warman RCMP of an individual luring and engaging a number of children from that community on-line under the name “Whoami30000.” The interactions originated in Hamilton, ON. and were made via multiple social media applications (see release below, dated 2016-11-04).
This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about similar crimes or knowledge of the online presence of “Whoami30000” is asked to contact Warman RCMP at 306-975-1670 or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or on-line at www.saskcrimestoppers.com
The RCMP urges parents to monitor their children’s on-line activity and offers the following guidelines:
Social Media/Online Safety Tips for Parents:
Using digital devices to connect with friends and family and using social media tools is a big part of your child’s life. It’s important for you as a parent to be aware of your teen’s digital life, and to work with him/her on setting boundaries, acting responsibly, and staying safe online.
Be open about online behaviour
Place computers in busy family areas like the kitchen
Work with your child on how to behave safely online from a young age
Teach your teen that anything they post online can be public, and it takes effort to make it private
Talk casually to your teen about their online activity, so the topic becomes a regular part of your conversations
Monitor activities regularly
Search your teen’s name using popular search engines, blogs, and social network platforms to see what comes up on their public record
Treat online life like regular life
Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say to someone’s face
Create, post, and share videos, images and content responsibly
Monitor your online reputation carefully—it is public and will follow you for life
Protect your privacy online
Avoid oversharing (revealing inappropriate details/images about your life)
Keep personal information private (e.g. your name, age, social insurance number, address…)
Check and adjust privacy settings regularly
Since the beginning of 2016, there have been over 850 complaints made to RCMP Detachments in Saskatchewan about the Canada Revenue Agency, or CRA, scam. This does not include those who have reported to other police services.
17 individuals in Saskatchewan have been victimized with nearly $70,000 in losses reported. We will not be providing specific details of these complaints.
The callers threaten arrest, legal action, seizure of homes, vehicles and other assets if payment isn't made. The callers will often be aggressive and sometimes even vulgar in their language, particularly if the victim does not comply with their demands.
The callers can spoof local telephone numbers so the call appears to come from the victim's community or even an RCMP Detachment; however, most of the calls come from non-local numbers with area codes outside of SK or 800 numbers.
The callers sometimes identify themselves with the name and rank of a police officer and a badge number. The RCMP wants to ensure the public is aware that the CRA will never contact people by telephone, text or email and ask for personal information or demand payment for taxes in the form of prepaid credit, iTunes or other gift cards (a common form of payment requested is iTunes gift cards). They will not threaten or use inappropriate language.
If someone receives a call from a supposed CRA agent or the police threatening legal action if payment is not made, they should note the name, phone number and any specific details of the call and report it to their local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, or CAFC. The CAFC does not conduct investigations, but provides valuable assistance to law enforcement agencies all over the world by identifying connections among seemingly unrelated cases. If in doubt about taxes owed to the CRA or a refund expected, members of the public can check the website www.cra.gc.ca/myaccount or call 1-800-959-8281.
The RCMP wants to remind the public never to divulge personal or financial information to unsolicited callers. That information requested could include full name, date of birth, maiden name of mother, Social Insurance Number, bank accounts, credit card numbers, passwords, or address.
If you unwittingly provided personal information or financial information:
Contact your local police force and file a report.
Contact your bank/financial institution and credit card company.
Contact the two national credit bureaus and place a fraud alert on your credit reports.
Equifax Canada ( http://www.equifax.com/home/en_ca )
Toll free: 1-800-465-7166
TransUnion Canada ( http://www.transunion.ca/ )
Toll free: 1-877-525-3823
More information on this and other scams can be found on the RCMP website at www.rcmp.gc.ca and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre ( http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerincident/index-eng.htm )'s website at www.antifraudcentre.ca
Battleford RCMP are advising the public of a potential new type of phone fraud. A complaint has been received of a caller reporting to be from the Fraud Department of a major Credit Card Company. The caller advised the complainant they are seeking to confirm a recent On-line purchase. This may be a valid request, however, the caller then sought personal information such as the card number to verify their information. No information was provided to the suspect caller on this occasion. When the complainant refused to provide personal information, the suspect caller simply when silent then hung up on her. If you believe this type of call may be legitimate, call your credit card back using the phone number on the back of the credit card and follow proper reporting procedures.
On 2016-06-14 the Spiritwood RCMP received a call from a complainant stating they just received a call from a person claiming to be from the CRA (Canadian Revenue Agency) This person told the complainant that because of a "fraudulent tax claim" they put into the CRA, the police would be coming to arrest them. The person requested the complainant attend a local business and purchase as many iTune gift cards as they could, scratch off the back of the card and provide them with all of the validation codes so the cards could be activated.
The RCMP and Canada Revenue Agency want to remind Canadians to be aware of this and other types of phishing scams. The CRA will never request information from a taxpayer pertaining to a passport, health card, or driver’s license. Nor would they request payment in the form of gift cards.
If you are a victim of a phone scam and have given out personal information, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at: [email protected] . For information on scams, go to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Web page at: www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams-fraudes/phishing-eng.htm. For more information about security of taxpayer information and other examples of fraudulent communications, go to www.cra.gc.ca/security.
On Thursday, April 21st, 2016, A business in the town of Maidstone was contacted by phone from a man who said he worked for the Canadian Revenue Agency. The man claimed that the business owed money and demanded payment.
The RCMP and Canada Revenue Agency want to remind Canadians to be aware of Phishing Scams.
The CRA will never request information from a taxpayer pertaining to a passport, health card, or driver’s license.
If you are a victim of a phone scam and have given out personal information, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at: [email protected]
For information on scams, go to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Web page at: www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams-fraudes/phishing-eng.htm.
For more information about security of taxpayer information and other examples of fraudulent communications, go to www.cra.gc.ca/security.
The RCMP in Assiniboia would like to inform the farmers in the Assiniboia area of a possible scam. A person pretending to purchase embryos from the U. S. has been contacting local farmers via the internet / email requesting to purchase embryos. A check has been sent in the mail, however the amount agreed upon was not the amount on the check. It is a concern that these checks are fraudulent in nature and you would be losing the merchandise if sold and sent to the U.S. Please be vigilant when dealing with sales of the Internet. If you have any questions, please contact your local RCMP.
The RCMP would like to remind the public to be cautious about releasing personal and financial information to unknown people. There is an ongoing scam in which criminals are portraying themselves to be legitimate employees of the Canadian Revenue Agency. These scammers tell the caller that they owe money to the CRA and/or have a tax refund. The caller is threatened with arrest or jail time should they not take immediate action and provide money or personal/financial information to them. Do not release any information to them and simply hang up the phone no matter how much information they claim to know about you.
Taxpayers should be vigilant when they receive, either by telephone, mail, text message or email, a fraudulent communication that claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requesting personnal information such as social insurance number, credit card, bank account number, or passport number. If you receive a fraudulent call, do not release any information, hang up and note the date/time and number the call came from (if you have caller id).
When CRA employees call taxpayers, they follow established procedures to ensure personal information is protected. To confirm the authenticity of a call, contact the CRA by using its official telephone number for individual tax enquiries: 1-800-959-8281. You can also verify your individual tax account though a secure CRA portal: My Account http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/myaccount/.
If the CRA has confirmed that a taxpayer's information has been compromised, the Agency will act to prevent the fraudulent use of the information involving systems and processes for which the CRA is responsible.
If your social insurance number (SIN) has been stolen, you should contact Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218. For more information, see Social Insurance Number (Service Canada website) http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/en/sc/sin/index.shtml.
If you suspect you have been the victim of fraud or have been tricked into giving personal or financial information, contact your local police service.
For more information on this scam, you can refer to the websites of the Canadian Revenue Agency or the Candian Anti-Fraud Center.
If you're getting phone calls from someone claiming to be from SaskPower and asking for credit card information, it's best to hang up.
Moose Jaw Police are warning it's part of a new phone scam that's happening in Saskatchewan.
The caller asks for credit card information to make a deposit to avoid getting service cut off.
Police warn the scammers may have personal account information such as previous transactions, which could make the call seem legitimate.
SaskPower says it will never call customers to ask for credit card numbers, and if a customer is in doubt about who is calling they should hang up and call the company directly.
If someone thinks they are a victim of identity theft, they should contact the police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.
“If you don’t pay your unpaid taxes you will be arrested” - DON’T BECOME A VICTIM OF FRAUD
Numerous Saskatchewan RCMP detachments have received several calls from concerned citizens regarding a specific telephone scam.
In one instance, an individual calls the victim’s residence, claiming to be a constable/officer with the RCMP and advises the victim that they have a warrant for their arrest for tax-related reasons. The caller claims to be calling on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency and attempts to collect payment for unpaid taxes over the telephone (whether or not the victim has tax payments up to date).
In another instance, an individual calls the victim’s residence, claiming to be an employee with “Revenue Canada” or the Canada Revenue Agency and threatened to send the RCMP to arrest the victim if they did not pay unpaid taxes (whether or not the victim has tax payments up to date).
Anyone that receives a similar call from someone claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency or someone calling on their behalf is encouraged to not provide any personal information and to end the call.
If it sounds suspicious, it likely is.
If it’s too good to be true, it likely is.
NEVER provide your personal information, including credit card or payment information over the phone to someone you don’t know.
For information on how to protect yourself against fraud, including how to recognize a scam and examples of fraudulent communications, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website.
Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at 1-888-654-9426
SeniorBusters Program at 1-888-495-8501 toll free, anywhere in North America
Fraud Awareness Crime Prevention Information
Provided by F Division Community Services.
Every year, Canadians lose millions of dollars to the activities of Fraud.
Each year too many Canadians feel the devastating impacts of fraud. Criminals target and exploit Canadians of all ages and from all walks life through false/misleading advertising, lottery scams, pyramid schemes and countless other frauds. We must be vigilant in recognizing the signs of a scam and report it to authorities immediately. Canadians can help fight fraud and protect themselves by learning about what scams and fraudulent activities look like.
Many scams that breach consumer protection laws (those enforced by the Competition Bureau, other government and law enforcement agencies) may also breach the Criminal Code
Not all businesses and organizations are trustworthy. Even if a business is licensed and monitored through the government it could still act dishonestly.
Not all internet websites are legitimate. Websites can be easy and cheap to set up. Scammers can copy a genuine website and trick you into believing theirs is legitimate to steal information.
Scams are not always about money. Some are aimed at stealing personal information.
There are no secret short cuts to wealth that only a few people know. (If someone knew a secret to instant wealth, why would they be telling their secret to others?)
Scams are not always about large sums of money. At times large numbers of people are targeted for small sums of money.
Always get independent advice if an offer involves money, personal information, time or commitment.
There are no guaranteed get-rich quick schemes.
Do not agree to offers/deals right away.
Do not rely on glowing testimonials. Find solid evidence of a company’s success.
Never send money or give credit card or on- line account details to anyone you don’t know/ trust.
Log directly on to a website that you are interested in rather than clicking on links provided in an email.
If you spot a fraud or have been scammed, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Compensation Bureau or local police.
Check your credit and debit card transactions frequently to ensure that all transactions are yours. Equifax Canada: Toll free: 1 800 465-7166
For More Information
or to Report Fraud:
The Competition Bureau’s Information Centre www.competitionbureau.cg.ca
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca
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If you have information about a crime, please contact your nearest police service or RCMP, or if you wish to remain anonymous; contact Sask Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or text TIP206 and your message to CRIMES (274637), or online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.
If your information leads to an arrest or a charge, or to a case being cleared, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.
(New versions of these appear all the time)
Pyramid schemes require investors to pay large membership fees. To recover money invested you must convince other people to join/ invest, making money by recruiting people rather than selling a product or providing a service. There is no guarantee you will recoup your investment. These schemes inevitably collapse. It is a crime both to promote and participate in pyramid schemes.
Scammers use the Internet to promote fraud through unsolicited or junk emails (spam). Do not reply, even just to “unsubscribe”. This gives the confirmation it is a real email address. Do not click on links in the email as scammers may try to install malicious software on your computer to access personal details and passwords. Delete the emails without opening them.
HEALTH AND MEDICAL SCAMS
Medical and weight loss cures promise dramatic results in a short period of time or with little/no effort using testimonials from people who have used the product or have been “cured”. They often require large advance payments or that you enter into a long-term contract.
Emergency scams target grandparents and play upon their emotions. Scammers will phone, pretending to be a grandchild or friend of a grandchild, and ask you to wire money for an emergency situation.
DATING AND ROMANCE SCAMS
These scams work by setting up a dating website where you pay for each email or message you send and receive. Some scammers will build an online relationship with you and then ask you to send money for various reasons (i.e. to help a sick family member). After sending small gifts they will want to share a large amount of money, asking for your banking details to transfer the funds.
These scammers collect money by pretending to be a real charity. They may exploit a recent natural disaster or news story. All registered charities in Canada are overseen by the Canada Revenue Agency and listed in its database. Never give your personal, credit card or online account details over the phone unless you made the call or the phone number came from a trusted source.
JOB AND EMPLOYMENT SCAMS
These guarantee a high income for little or no effort and are promoted through spam emails or online or newspaper ads. Many are fronts for money laundering or pyramid schemes. They will ask for bank account details or for money upfront.
SMALL BUSINESS SCAMS
Small business scams can come in a variety of forms, from bills for advertising costs or directory listings that were never ordered, to dubious office supply offers.
Many Canadians are being targeted by individuals claiming to offer reduced rates or deals for various services. The two most reported service scams are the antivirus software scam and credit card interest rate reduction scams.
Computer scams take several forms. One is the impersonation of a representative from Microsoft saying your computer is running slow or has viruses and will offer to repair your computer. This can involve the installation of software or allowing remote access to your computer. Another is a pop-up warning that you have been caught on an illegal website and must pay a fine, along with a phone number to call.
MONEY TRANSFER REQUESTS
These occur when someone offers you money to help transfer their funds. Their money transfer to you will not clear the bank, while they collect the money you transferred to them.
MOBILE PHONE SCAMS
Scammers offer free or low-cost ringtones. If you accept, you may be subscribing to a service that keeps sending you ringtones charging a premium rate. Scammers may call your number and hang up before you can answer. If you call the number back, you may be paying a premium rate. Text messages may be sent from a number you may not recognize, but sounds like it is a friend. If you reply, you might be charged a premium rate. You may receive a trivia contest via text message. The scammers make money by charging extremely high rates for these messages.
OVERPAYMENT CHEQUE SCAM
Overpayment scams involve a person actually being owed money for goods sold. The seller receives a counterfeit cheque (cashier, personal or corporate) from the “purchaser” in an amount in excess of the amount owed. The purchaser offers a payment for the seller to deposit the cheque and wire the excess funds back. The deposited cheque is subsequently returned as counterfeit and seller’s account charged.
By simply filling out a ballot to win a vacation at a home, boat or auto show, you may be placed on "sucker lists". Shortly after you may be phoned by someone claiming to offer you a "free" or "low-cost" vacation and asking for your credit card number and personal information to hold the vacation for you or may request money upfront.
LOTTERIES AND SWEEPSTAKES
Many Canadians are lured by the excitement of a surprise win and find themselves sending large amounts of money to claim fake prizes. Remember, if you did not enter your name, you can’t win. Your banking information is requested to deposit the cheque or they want a “small” fee to collect your prize.
Maybe you never opened that account, or ordered an additional card, but someone else did....someone who used your name and personal information to commit fraud. When an imposter uses your name, Social Insurance Number (SIN), credit card number, or other personal information for their use, it is identity fraud. In short, when someone appropriates your personal information without your knowledge it is a crime, pure and simple
CREDIT/DEBIT CARD FRAUD
Credit/debit card fraud happens when a thief "skims" or swipes the information from the magnetic strip on the back to create a duplicate of your card. To steal money from your account, a thief must also capture your PIN.
The Saskatoon Police Service is advising the public of a dangerous synthetic drug being sold in the city as Oxycontin 80.
Investigators believe the recent overdose deaths of two men in their 20’s, were caused by the pills. The Saskatoon Police Service, the Saskatoon Integrated Drug Enforcement Street Team and the Office of the Chief Coroner are investigating the deaths. The two men died one day apart, but were known to each other.
Police have seized some Oxycontin 80 pills and are now trying to determine if they are counterfeit. Oxycontin 80 pills are not readily available and police believe the Oxycontin 80 pills on the street are counterfeit. The pills are described as round convex shape, blue/green in color with “80” on one side and “CDN” on the other.
Instead of Oxycontin, the pills may contain other unknown deadly ingredients.
Police want to warn people that any drug taken which has not been prescribed by a doctor, and dispensed by a pharmacist pose a risk of serious injury or death.
Anyone with information regarding the distribution or origin of these pills is asked to contact the Saskatoon Police Service at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.