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OPP warn ‘Grandparent scam’ is still active in eastern Ontario

The East Region of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding the public to be aware of ongoing frauds and scams. One such scam, the “parent or grandparent” telephone scam has resurfaced. A statement from Kingston Police, released about a month ago, stated that they had received a few calls

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South Frontenac OPP seeing increase in cryptocurrency scams

The following is a message from The South Frontenac Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) regarding an increase in reports of scams related to investing in cryptocurrency in the area: The South Frontenac Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has seen a steady increase in reports of scams

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Kingston Police warn of recent scam involving Google Drive

Kingston Police have released details on a scam that uses Google Drive’s share feature to distribute malicious content over emails. To help protect against malicious links, most email clients have filters that flag suspicious-looking emails. To bypass these filters, cybercriminals often create malicious content using well-known platforms such as Google

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Kingston Police warn of a recent email and phone based scam

The following is a message from Kingston Police, warning of a new scam using both email and a telephone call to trick the public into downloading malware onto their systems: Thank you for calling—here’s some malware. Kingston Police is aware of a recent social engineering scam that utilizes real people

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Kingston Police warn of email scams using QuickBooks invoices to infect users

Kingston Police are sharing another spoof-style email scam that looks real and is convincing people to give up their hard earned money. This time scammers are using a QuickBooks spoof to get you to download an “invoice” that contains malware. “An easy way for cybercriminals to get your attention is

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Police provide tips to avoid cottage rental scams

The Kingston Police Fraud Unit said they have recently been assigned investigations pertaining to cottage rental scams being perpetrated in our region. Ads for these fraudulent vacations have been posted on free classified websites such as Kijiji, and Marketplace. According to a release from Kingston Police, the scammers take photos

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Police warn of LinkedIn file sharing scam

LinkedIn is a networking site used to connect with colleagues, employers, and other business contacts. Even though LinkedIn is designed for professionals, it is just as vulnerable as any other social media platform. Kingston Police said they are aware of a recent scam involving cybercriminals who use stolen LinkedIn accounts

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Store owner in Picton warns customer of potential fraud

March is Fraud Awareness Month, and the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) shared an example of this awareness in action. On Tuesday Mar. 2, 2021 an elderly individual was shopping at the No Frills in Picton and attempted to purchase a number of gift cards,

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Tips to protect yourself during Fraud Prevention Month

March is Fraud Prevention Month, and Kingston Police and Utilities Kingston are partnering to help spread fraud prevention tips to local residents and businesses.  “Malicious cyber actors are quick to take advantage of high-profile events, particularly those that cause worry and concern, as with the COVID-19 virus,” says Constable Ash

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Kingston Police issue warning about ‘work at home’ job scam

Scammers are taking advantage of the current work-from-home climate COVID-19 has imposed on many households. The current scam, as reported by Kingston Police, has victims applying to “Work at Home” positions on online job boards. The job seekers are told they are hired after an interview process, usually through text

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Kingston Police warn of ‘smishing’ fraud from alleged mobile carriers

Local police would like the public to be aware that online phishing scams don’t only occur via email – internet criminals also send text messages in an attempt to scam. The use of text messages or short message service (SMS) for phishing attempts is known as “smishing,” Kingston Police said

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