Belleville, Ontario – The Belleville Police Service would like the public to be aware of a phone scam circulating in the Quinte area. An individual will call by phone pretending to be a fraud investigator with your bank or credit card company advising you that your credit card has been compromised. The caller speaks English with a slight accent and is very convincing. The caller will advise they are investigating the matter along with the local RCMP and they believe someone at your bank may be involved so you are instructed not to contact your bank or credit card company. Instead, you are asked to send $900 through Western Union to either Morocco or Ecuador to a specific individual.
The caller uses pressure tactics to lead you to believe your accounts will be frozen and credit compromised unless you send this money right away. In some instances, the caller has the victim type specific information into their own computer thereby allowing the caller to access your computer remotely. This is done to gather further information on you and to enhance the scam as being legitimate forcing you to pay the money right away.
The Belleville Police Service are reminding people that there are many variations to these frauds and bottom line is if someone is trying to get you to wire money to another country, it is likely a fraud. Persons are encouraged to contact their own financial institutions or credit companies directly should they have any questions. Police are advising the public that should you receive one of these calls, just hang up and contact your local police to report the incident.
On the 25th of January 2017 at approximately 2:30pm, an officer in the Core area of Belleville initiated a vehicle stop, the vehicle fled and a pursuit was initiated however it was terminated shortly after due to public safety. The suspect vehicle was located a short time later in the North East part of Belleville. The driver – a 24 year old male from Deseronto was arrested and charged with numerous offences including Flight from Police, Dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and breach of probation.
An investigation into the vehicle and driver revealed that he was involved in a theft of gas occurrence on the on the 24th of January 2017 in Belleville and subsequently the male was also charged with the theft under $5000.
The male was held in custody pending a Show Cause Hearing on the 26th of January 2017.