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Public Safety Alert,
Phone Scam Targeting Seniors,
Roncesvalles Avenue Area

Broadcast time: 12:15
Sunday, September 8, 2019

11 Division

Case #: 2019-1700969

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of a phone scam targeting seniors.

On Thursday, September 5, 2019, at approximately 1:30pm, an unknown woman telephoned an elderly couple in the Roncesvalles area.

The elderly couple are from Poland and the woman spoke to them in Polish.

The woman verbally identified herself as a police officer.

The woman directed the couple to leave their money and jewelry in a bag outside of their home.

The woman claimed this would assist the police in capturing violent criminals about to engage in a criminal act.

The couple complied with the woman’s direction. Afterwards they found the bag, money and valuables had been stolen. No suspect was seen.

The Toronto Police Service wish to remind the public that police officers would never telephone anyone and direct them to part with their valuables to assist in an investigation or for any other purported reason.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1104, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, 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 Scott Mills, Corporate Communications, for Detective Mark Repa, South West District Criminal Investigation Bureau