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Public Safety,
Fraud – Phone Call Scam,

Broadcast time: 11:00
Thursday, October 3, 2019

31 Division

On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, the Toronto Police Service received an online report regarding a fraud.

On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, a man received a phone call from a telephone number 416-808-1200 (no name on display).

It is reported that:

- the caller identified himself as a police officer

- they advised there was a warrant for his arrest and suggested he obtain a lawyer

- the victim hung up the phone call

It is further reported that:

- approximately a few minutes later the victim received a phone call from the phone number 1-888-242-2100 (no name on display)

- the call was from an individual stating they were from the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)

- the caller advised the man that he would be deported and needed to find a lawyer within one hour

- the caller then advised that a lawyer could be provided at a fee of $1200 to be paid by Bitcoin currency only

- the man then attended a local Bitcoin machine and deposited the amount

- after depositing the money the individual, purporting to be from the IRCC, called the man again and demanded an additional $2400 to "bail himself out"

- the man refused

- after realizing the above incident was a scheme, he contacted police

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware that police do not ask for forms of payment over the phone and do not accept Bitcoin currency.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3100, 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 Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Jason Muto, 31 Division