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Public Safety Alert,
Service Canada and TPS Bitcoin Fraud

Broadcast time: 17:45
Thursday, May 14, 2020

11 Division

Case #: 2020-895436

The Toronto Police Service is advising the public of an ongoing fraud that is related to Service Canada and the Toronto Police Service.

It is reported that:

- on Thursday, May 14, 2020, a 51-year-old man was called by someone claiming to be a Toronto Police Officer

- the man was informed that his social insurance number was fraudulently used

- the caller instructed the man to deposit money in a bitcoin machine on behalf of Service Canada

- the caller ID on his phone was manipulated to show a Toronto Police Service divisional phone number

- he complied and as a result was defrauded of several thousands of dollars

The Toronto Police is reminding the public to be vigilant, especially in these times of uncertainty. Government agencies will not ask the public to deposit money using bitcoin machines.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1100, 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 or Google Play.

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Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Mihramat Gill, South-West District CIB