Woman loses ‘thousands’ to lotto scam: Napanee OPP
Ontario Provincial Police are investigating after they say a Loyalist Township woman lost “thousands” of dollars to a fake Facebook friend.
The scam was reported by the 72-year-old woman to the OPP in Napanee on Nov. 7. The woman had been messaged over Facebook by someone she thought was her friend, but the friend’s account had been hacked.
The hacker told the woman that her name was on a lottery website and that she was one of several who had won a significant prize. To get her prize, she was instructed to pay a large amount of money. The lottery website was fake and she never received her prize.
The OPP said lottery scams and other prize fraud schemes are everywhere. They encourage residents to stay vigilant in recognizing and reporting fraud in order to stop.
Police provided the following tips to recognized a lottery or prize scam:
Never send money to anybody you don’t know and trust.
Ensure the person you are speaking with is who you know them to be.
Don’t provide personal banking details to anyone you don’t know and trust.
Examine the terms and conditions of any offer very carefully. Claims of free or very cheap offers often have hidden costs. Calls to premium rate phone numbers or premium text messages can be very expensive.
Ask yourself, “Did I willingly enter this contest?”
For more information on this and other types of fraudulent scams, go online to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at: http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/ english/home.html.
Anyone with any information or anyone that can identify the suspect of this fraud is asked to contact the Napanee OPP at 613-3543369, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477(TIPS).
Child porn charges
Another local man has been arrested by Kingston Police as part of their ongoing project combating child exploitation on the internet.
The project includes monitoring online file-sharing websites watching for individuals offering to share sensitive images of children. Late last year a number of local men were arrested by Kingston Police after the force posed as a fellow user.
On Nov. 22, 2018, a computer connected to the file-sharing network was matched to a local IP address, and suspected child pornography digital files were captured from the computer, police said.
On Dec. 21, investigators received judicial authorization to identify the internet subscriber, and a Kingston address was listed.
On Wednesday, officers executed a search warrant at the address. The suspected file-sharer was home at the time. Officers seized multiple digital devices and data storage media. Examining the materials on the devices revealed digital files that police say meet the Criminal Code definition of child pornography.
The man was arrested, taken to police headquarters and held to attend bail court. His digital devices continue to be examined by investigators.
The 34-year-old man has been charged by police with possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography and possessing child pornography for unlawful purposes.