Fraud Alerts

Beware of Grandparent Scams this Holiday Season

As the holidays approach, Barrie Police are reminding the public that fraudsters will use any opportunity – even the festive season – to take advantage of others. At this time of year, grandparents might expect a call from a grandchild they haven’t seen in a while,...

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Fraud Alert: Scam targeting Alectra customers

The Barrie Police Service Fraud Unit has received reports recently from businesses in the Barrie area reporting that they have been targeted by fraudsters claiming to be from Alectra Utilities. The caller claims that they are from Alectra and that the victim’s hydro...

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Fraud Alert: How to report fraud

If you suspect you may be a target of fraud, or if you have already sent funds, don’t be embarrassed – you’re not alone. If you have been a victim, reporting fraud for police to investigate helps to identify trends or link crimes.  Gathering all information related to...

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Fraud Alert: Online Marketplace Scams

Online marketplaces can be a great source for deals, but only if you are careful to watch for fraudulent postings.  Popular online marketplace sites or social networks may have fraudulent advertisements posted within them. Fraudsters may also create websites that...

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Romance / Catfishing Scams

Social media can be a great way to stay connected to friends and family and to meet new connections. Unfortunately, it’s also a great place for fraudsters looking to carry out a romance scam.  Romance scams may start out looking like any other friendship or...

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Tips for Spotting Property Frauds

Don’t send a deposit without seeing/visiting the property The biggest flag is a request to send a deposit without seeing the place you are going to be living in. Even during covid, there are safe ways to visit a prospective rental property – which is still allowed...

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Fraud Prevention Month draws to a close

As Fraud Prevention Month wraps up, the Barrie Police Service reminds you to take time to carefully consider any requests, offers or threats you receive that try to obtain money, BitCoin or gift cards. To help protect yourself from experiencing fraud, familiarize...

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Fraud Prevention Seminar

Join our Crime Prevention Unit for an information session on common frauds and scams.  Learn how to keep yourself, your family, and your money safe. Date: Monday, March 22, 2021 Time: 1:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. To register: Contact [email protected] 

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Reporting Fraud

If you suspect you may be a target of fraud, or if you have already sent funds, don’t be embarrassed – you’re not alone.

If you want to report a fraud, or if you need more information, contact The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

By phone:
9a.m. – 4:45 p.m., M-F
Eastern Time

CAFC Fraud Reporting System

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