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Public Safety Alert,
Fraud/Extortion Scam

Broadcast time: 10:10
Friday, November 17, 2017

53 Division

Case #: 2017-3008710

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of a fraudulent scheme with person(s) posing as representatives from "Canada Immigration".

It is reported that:

-an unknown individual posing as representative from "Canada Immigration" communicated with a victim by phone

- the unknown individual advised the victim that there was a warrant for his arrest

- a demand was then made for a payment in the form of Bitcoin, in order for the alleged warrant to not be executed

- when the victim did not adhere to the demands, he received a second call from an unknown individual identifying himself as a member of the Toronto Police Service, advising that there was in fact a warrant for the victim's arrest

- the victim called police and reported the incident

The Toronto Police would like to advise that calls of this nature are fraudulent and not actually from the police. Legitimate government agencies do not request debts to be paid by Bitcoin or pre-paid credit cards or gift cards.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Andrew Doyle, 53 Division