Police News – Extortion over Internet
Lastweek, the Regie de police Memphremagog (RPM) searched a rooming house on Principale Est, in Magog, arresting an eighteen year-old man for drug-trafficking. The police found about forty homemade pills, a dozen grams of cannabis and scales. After getting arrested, the suspect made death threats towards a police officer and he will face charges for that as well.
A Magog woman was the victim of extortion on the internet while communicating with a man from another country. The love story ended when the man asked her for money for an eleventh time and she finally refused. He then threatened to release a compromising video of her on the internet. The woman lost about $3000 before catching on to the scheme.
‘Grand-parents Fraud’ is continuing in the Magog region with many seniors continuing to receive phonecalls from fake ‘grandchildren’ saying that they need a lot of money, either because they are about to be arrested or they have been in an accident. What’s troubling is that the fraudsters are very insistent and often seem to know information about the victims. Anyone who receives such a phonecall is being asked to note the phone number displayed or to call *57 to find out the number, then call their police service.
Last Friday evening, a 56 year-old man from Granby was arrested on autoroute 10 near the Austin Magog border for drinking and driving. It was his fourth arrest for the same offense in 18 years. Later that night, at 2:50 am, a 26 year-old was stopped for driving erratically and was found to have more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system. His license was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was seized for thirty days.