Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Police: Fraud warning – ‘Grandparent Scam’, threats, mischief

Man arrested for mischief

Chatham-Kent Police Service officials allege: On June 22, 2022, at 7:53 a.m., police responded to mischief at a business on Thames Street in Chatham.

It was reported a man approached the business and threw a brick through a window.

A description of the man was provided to the police.

At 9:44 a.m., police responded to a suspicious man on William Street in Chatham who was observed breaking a window in a building and flipping garbage cans over on the street.

As police arrived, the man was observed damaging a sign at the front of the Cultural Centre.

The man matched the description from the previous mischief complaint.

The 44-year-old Chatham-Kent man was arrested and charged with three counts of mischief.

He was transported to police headquarters and later released with conditions and a future court date of July 27, 2022.

Woman arrested for uttering threats

Chatham-Kent Police Service officials allege: At 12:03 p.m., police responded to a dispute on Wellington Street in Chatham.

Through investigation, police learned the woman made comments to her building manager that caused the manager to fear for their safety.

The 58-year-old Chatham woman was arrested and charged with uttering threats.

She was transported to police headquarters and later released with conditions and a future court date of July 27, 2022.

Fraud warning: ‘Grandparent Scam’

Chatham-Kent Police Service officials allege: Police continue to receive reports of suspicious phone calls from people purporting to be a family member (Grandchild) or from the family member’s lawyer.

This person claims to be in trouble with the police and requires money for bail.

They often ask the victim not to tell anyone and need the money immediately.

Scammers will use panic, threatening language or an aggressive tone to scare you into making payments.

The Chatham-Kent Police Service would like to remind everyone that personal or financial information should never be given over the phone, especially if you didn’t initiate the call.

A key indicator you’ve received a scam call is if they ask for payment with iTunes or gift cards.

If you receive this type of call, please hang up and call another family member.

For more information on how to recognize and protect yourself from a scam, please see https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourself-against-fraud.html

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