Public Safety Alert,
Service Ontario and Toronto Police Service Bitcoin Fraud,
Broadcast time: 09:00
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Case #: 20201120572
The Toronto Police Service is warning the public of an ongoing scam that is related to Service Ontario, the Toronto Police Service and Bitcoin ATMs.
It has been reported:
- on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. a person posing as a representative from Service Ontario called the victim
- the caller advised the victim that their SIN number had been compromised and used in fraudulent criminal activity
- the caller asked the victim for the local police phone number
- a short time later, the victim received a call from a person posing as a police officer from 55 Division. The caller continued the story of fraudulent activity and advised the victim to deposit money to a specific Bitcoin ATM
- the person or people, who participated in this fraud, were able to spoof the telephone number for 55 Division (416-808-5500) on the victim's caller ID
The Toronto Police Service 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 416-808-5500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, 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.
For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.
Constable Michelle Flannery, Corporate Communications, for Detective Francis Yung, 55 Division