DRPS would like to warn the public about a recent fraud where the suspect is impersonating a Durham Regional police officer.
On September 6, 2017, two separate victims in Pickering were contacted by phone by an unknown male claiming to be a police officer. He indicated a family member was being held in custody by police and can only be released if the victim obtains a bail receipt by making payment via bitcoin. They were directed to attend a bitcoin machine in Pickering to make payment of up to $5,000. One person was defrauded of their cash while the other contacted police before making any deposits.
Police would like to warn the public to be wary of this scam and contact police if you suspect someone is fraudulently representing themselves as a police officer. If you have lost money to this scam, please call the police.
For more information or to report a scam attempt, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at: www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or call 1-888-495-8501.
Anyone wishing to report a fraud in Durham Region is asked to contact Durham Regional Police at 1-888-579-1520.