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Police warn scammers using man’s best friend as bait

With stay-at-home orders in place across the globe, many people are buying new pets to help them feel more connected. Unfortunately, shoppers who are looking for a furry friend may be in for a big surprise. According to a release from Kingston Police, dated Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, cybercriminals are

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Stranded motorist scam ongoing across Ontario, OPP warn

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are asking the public to be on alert, regarding an ongoing stranded motorist scam. The OPP continues to receive complaints from motorists, who have stopped to help individuals posing as stranded motorists, offering to exchange gold jewelry for cash.  How does the scam operate? According

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Kingston Police warn of scammers exploiting COVID-19 pandemic

Kingston Police continue to alert the community of scams associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, this time reporting a recent phishing attack brought to their attention. In recently-reported coronavirus-themed phishing attacks, criminals are using email to send victims which appear to be from a hospital. The emails warn the victim that

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Kingston Police warn of two online sextortion scams reported locally

Kingston Police are warning the public about two similar online sextortion scams after receiving reports of the activity from local citizens. “As Kingston Police have received reports in regards to these scams, it is important for citizens in the community to be very careful with their online activities and who

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Reminder of upcoming Next Level Investments restitution deadline

Kingston Police have issued a press release and are reminding victims of the Next Level Investments fraud of the upcoming deadline for restitution applications. Restitution applications will only be accepted until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2020. Next Level Investments operated in Kingston from 2016 to 2017, carrying out

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Police warn public of stolen cellphone scam at downtown night clubs

Kingston Police are advising residents on how to handle being contacted about their stolen cellphones after an influx of calls regarding phones stolen at downtown nightclubs. According to Const. Ash Gutheinz, Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police, the local police have received a number of calls regarding cellphones stolen from

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Police release top 10 Canadian frauds of 2019

Kingston Police have released information from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) regarding the most common and damaging fraud schemes of 2019. According to police, the CAFC received 46,465 fraud reports from Canadian consumers and businesses in 2019. The total reported losses from these scams were $96,163,328.64. The following are the

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Police warn public after increase of scams spoofing as police agencies

After receiving an influx of calls from the public regarding spam calls in the region, Kingston Police are warning to public to beware of scams involving spoofing police agencies. According to Kingston Police, scammers have recently been taking a new approach that involves spoof calls from police agencies. In short,

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Kingston Police issue warning about new ‘line-trapping’ scam

Local police and police agencies across Ontario are warning citizens of a new scam which involved suspects using “line-trapping” technology to tap into victims’ phones in order to steal personal information. According to police, one such incident involved an Ontario police service. In that case, the scammers posed as police

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Victims of Next Level Investments fraud may file restitution requests

Kingston Police have released information regarding how to file restitution requests for Next Level Investments, which operated in Kingston from 2016 to 2017. The Ministry of the Attorney General is in receipt of limited forfeited proceeds of crime resulting from the prosecution, conviction and sentencing of individuals associated with Next

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Police warn of phishing attacks using work benefits, raises as bait

As Crime Prevention Week 2019 continues, Kingston Police are warning the public about a new scam that has recently been brought to their attention which involves phishing attacks that use employee benefits and pay raises as bait. According to Kingston Police, the scammers are aware that annual pay raises and

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