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Public Safety Alert,
Scam Targeting Seniors,
City of Toronto

Broadcast time: 16:40
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021
Unit: 55 Division
Phone: 416-808-5500
Case #: 2021-1617151

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

On Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at approximately 10:57 a.m., officers responded to a call for a fraud in the Lee Avenue and Queen Street East area.

It is reported that:

- a 78-year-old woman was called on the phone

- the caller identified himself as a family member

- they indicated they had been arrested and needed money for bail

- a courier was sent to collect the money

There have been several similar incidents reported to police over the past six months. In some instances the suspects have scammed people out of large sums of money.

The Toronto Police Service does not collect money from individuals for bail. Bail security deposits are arranged through the courts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5500, 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 David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Darcy Hind, 55 Division