OPP WARNS OF NEW COVID-19 FRAUDS
(ESPANOLA, ON) – The Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind the public to be very mindful of possible frauds scams associated with the COVID-19 (coronavirus). Fraudsters will attempt to profit from consumers’ fears, uncertainties and misinformation.
The following few examples are what you should look for as a potential scam:
- Private companies offering ‘fast’ covid-19 tests for sale;
- Fraudulent and deceptive online ads offering cleaning products, hand sanitizers and other items in high demand;
- Malicious email campaigns that capitalize on the public’s fears about COVID-19,
- Door-to-door offering fake decontamination services;
- Fraudsters may urge you to invest in hot new stocks related to the disease.
How to Protect Yourself
- Check the Canadian Anti-Fraud website at: www.antifraudcentre.ca .
- Find the latest health information available from Public Health Agency of Canada at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html or the World Health Organization at: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Beware of unauthorized or fraudulent charities requesting money for victims or research. You should never be pressured into making a donation.
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 report online at www.antifraudcentre.ca .
MANITOULIN OPP LAYS CHARGES FOR MISCHIEF
(ESPANOLA, ON) – On March 31, 2020, at approximately 5:58 a.m. members of the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to an unwanted person at a residence in Espanola.
As a result of the investigation, Jennifer YURKO, 39-years-old, from Espanola, was arrested and charged with the following:
- Mischief – obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property contrary to section 430(1)(c) CC.
The accused was released on an Undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Espanola on June 15, 2020.