Woman loses ‘thou­sands’ to lotto scam: Na­pa­nee OPP

Kingston Whig-Standard - - NEWS - STEPH CROSIER

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.

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