OPP warn the public to beware of companies that claim cures and prevention for COVID-19
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch, Health Fraud Investigation Unit (HFIU) say increasing health care-related scams are targeting unsuspecting, innocent victims to extort money and, in particular, personal information.
OPP Anti-Rackets HFIU warns Ontario residents to remain vigilant for scams related to COVID-19, specifically health information “harvest” sites, where fraudsters may be creating websites that trick victims into providing sensitive personal information.
A number of “virtual care” websites have been created, many for convenience and proper healthcare services but some websites use sophisticated malware to trick people to supply personal information. This information can be used to fraudulently bill for healthcare services and commit identity theft. Fraudsters are also attempting to extort money from victims, asking for upfront money before providing a service or for an administrative fee.
How to protect yourself
- Beware of companies that claim cures and prevention for COVID-19.
- Do your research before you provide your Ontario Health Card number, version code or other personal information.
- Never download an attachment from an email or website with which you are unfamiliar.
- Even if a website or email appears to be from a familiar organization, the source could be spoofed.
- No one should be subjected to surcharges such as additional technical charges or sanitizing costs if you attend a physician’s office.
- Verify who is calling if you receive a phone call requesting your personal information.
The best defense is to question websites, emails or phone calls that appear to be legitimate. Just say ‘NO’ if anyone contacts you and asks for any information regarding your health card number and/or your health card version code, bank account number, credit card information, driver’s license number or any other personally identifying information. Simply end all contact with any companies or individuals who ask for this information.
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If you or someone you know suspect they’ve been a victim of a COVID-19, health care related scam or any other scam, contact your local police service or contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Report fraud or by phone at 1-888-495-8501.
“Recognize, reject and report fraud.”
Peacefully passed away Saturday May 2nd, 2020 the week before his 91st birthday. Mourning his passing are his children Kevin & Laurie, Kelly & Luda and Heather, dearly missed by his long-time partner Mary Doan and by his sister Diana Rutherford, her family as well as nieces and nephews. Remembered as Grandpa Cole by Tim (Jessica), Gregg, Dan and Joel (Bree) and Great Grandpa by Reilly, Ireland, Avery and Sophia Graham. Cole will be forever remembered by HIS Princess Rachel and the entire Roy family. Born and raised on Amherst Island, Dad moved to Napanee to start his police career on that city’s force. He then moved to Port Colborne with the OPP in the late 50’s and became Chief of Police for Wainfleet in 1960. When Wainfleet amalgamated as part of Niagara Region, Dad was hired as a Desk Sargent and retired from the NRPS in 1989. From the time Dad came to this area he was involved with coaching baseball. First with the Wainfleet Juveniles, then later with Kevin & Kelly’s teams. He enjoyed his years as Wainfleet’s representative for the O.R.S.A. Through the 70’s Dad was heavily involved with the Golden Puck Hockey organization and was the announcer for the P.C. Junior B’s. Dad continued to give back during his retirement by volunteering at Armstrong Funeral Home and Northland Pointe and enjoyed spending time with kindred spirits at Niagara’s Ole Time Fiddlers. Dad took pride in all the organizations he gave his time to. The family would like to thank Northland Pointe LTC for their care and compassion of Colin, especially those on Starboard unit. We would like to give a special thank you to Staff Sargent R. LaPlante from NRPS who went above and beyond having regular visits with Dad, showing such respect as always calling him Chief and was responsible for organizing the recent recognition with the Township of Wainfleet and NRPS for Dad’s many years as being Wainfleet’s only Chief of Police. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to the ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 179 Clarence Street, Port Colborne. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date and burial on the Island is being arranged for this summer. Please direct any memorial donations to Central United Church, 30 Delhi Street, Port Colborne L3K 3K6. Go Leafs! Go Indians!
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The National Police Federation (NPFFPN) is organizing a day of mourning tomorrow – Friday April 24 – to honour the victims of last weekends tragic events in Nova Scotia, including RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson.
Since physical events cannot be held, they’re asking everyone across Canada to wear red tomorrow and pause at 1:00 pm (2:00 Atlantic time) to pay tribute to those who lost their lives.
Members are encouraged to participate in the day of mourning tomorrow by observing the moment of silence at 1:00 pm and posting photos of yourselves and local members wearing red to your own association and/or personal social media accounts.
“Stand in your driveway, stand on your lawn, and lets mourn together“
Protect yourselves and ensure you are doing physical distancing, and wear something red to show support for all of the victims.
Clifford T. Priest M.O.M.
Passed away at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, on Thursday, April 9, 2020, in his 95th year. Beloved husband of the late Margaret (nee Sullivan)(2010). Loved father of Douglas (Cheryl), Judy Hampton (Wayne) and James (Tracy). Cherished grandfather of Christopher (Kara), Lori (Jon), A.J. (Rebekah), Amy (Dan), Megan and Ashley and great-grandfather of Hailey, Taylor, Rylyn, Addisyn, Josette, Griffin, Greta, Lucy and Jadwen. Dear brother of the late Eldred, Leon and Shirley Parks. Brother-in-law of Bill Parks. John was retired from the Niagara Regional Police after 27 years of service and one of the founding members of Lakemount Worship Centre. Special thanks to Dr. Woods, the staff at WLMH Emergency and EMS for all of your compassionate care. Private family services and interment have taken place at Grimsby Mountain Cemetery. A celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date. If desired, memorial contributions to House of Refuge (houseofrefuge.ca) would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
Arrangements entrusted to Stonehouse-Whitcomb Funeral Home, Grimsby, 905-945-2755. http://www.smithsfh.com