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Police assist in rescuing dog from ice

 

Officers with the Windsor Police Service – Amherstburg Detachment were called to Boblo Island last Saturday around noon to assist with a dog that had gone onto the ice.

Police say the dog had gone onto Crystal Bay. Officers assisted in helping to bring the dog to shore. There were no injuries and the dog is safe.

The public is reminded to be careful when going onto ice, particularly during fluctuating temperatures, as the ice may not always be stable.

Scam   Police say a resident in the 9000 block of Walker Road was the victim of a fraud last month. The incident was reported last Tuesday but is believed to have occurred Jan. 7-10. The victim was allegedly befriended through a gaming app and asked to transfer money to another person via Bitcoin and gift cards. Police say legitimate companies would not ask for money that way and people should be wary of such requests.

 

Hunting complaint    Police were called to an area near the Cypher Systems Greenway between Concessions 3 and 4 North for a report of shots fired. It turned out to be a hunting complaint near the greenway. People are reminded to familiarize themselves of town bylaws before going hunting. The complaint came in last Saturday around 12:45 p.m.

 

Thefts   The theft of a black 2013 Geo-Beast 200cc ATV was reported stolen from a driveway on Concession 2. Police say the ATV was taken from the driveway and is valued at approximately $1,200.  There is also a bit of orange on the all-terrain vehicle as well, police add. The investigation continues. It was reported last Thursday around 4 p.m.

  • A theft of gas was reported at the Shell gas station on Sandwich St. S. last Tuesday around 10:10 a.m. The value of the gas is under $40, police say. The vehicle was covered in snow at the time and no other description was able to be obtained.

 

Mischief   According to police, three vehicles were damaged in the 60 block of Murray St. last Thursday. It was reported around 11:35 p.m. Dents and smashed windows are among the damage reported, police say, adding the matter is still under investigation. Police say there is a suspect.

  • Police were called to General Amherst High School Monday around 9:20 a.m. for a report of graffiti to the building. Words and symbols were painted on the building. There are no suspects and the matter remains under investigation.

 

—All information courtesy of the Windsor Police Service – Amherstburg Detachment

Amherstburg police warning residents of Canada Revenue Agency scam

 

 

The Amherstburg Police Service is asking people to be wary of messages received from people claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Amherstburg police say a complaint was received by a resident who was contacted by a bogus CRA representative. Police say residents are contacted, often by phone, by people claiming to be from the CRA alleging that the person owes the CRA money and, if it’s not paid, they will be arrested by police. Police say the payment is often demanded in iTunes cards.

Amherstburg police reminds people that they won’t arrest people in such cases and that anyone asking for payment via iTunes cards is not legitimate. The real CRA usually communicates with residents via letter, police add.

Anyone receiving a suspicious call or e-mail can contact the Amherstburg Police Service at 519-736-8559.

Alleged fraud   Amherstburg police are investigating an alleged fraud that occurred at a business in the 150 block of Sandwich St. S. Police say a person bought a coffee with a large bill, allegedly confused the cashier and obtained more change than they were entitled to. The matter occurred last Thursday around 3:15 p.m. and is under investigation.

 

Theft   Amherstburg police report a theft of an iPhone from a vehicle that was parked in a lot in the 7000 block of Smith Industrial Drive. Police say a window was smashed out of the vehicle in order for the suspect(s) to obtain the iPhone.

Amherstburg police ask that people don’t leave valuables in their vehicles, particularly where others can view them.

The theft is under investigation and there are no suspects. It was reported last Wednesday at approximately 2:10 p.m.

 

Accidents    There were 12 motor vehicle accidents from April 3-9, but none were reported to have charges. One accident took place shortly after 9 a.m. on Creek Road at South Side Road that required on driver to have to be taken to hospital with minor injuries. Police say the vehicle swerved to avoid another vehicle that was driving erratically and struck a pole. The blue vehicle that was reported to have been driving erratically was not located.

 

Stats    There were 23 charges laid under the Highway Traffic Act and related regulations last week. That time period also saw police respond to 11 alarm calls and eight 911 hangup calls.

 

-All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Fraud being investigated after business scammed out of $300

 

 

The Amherstburg Police Service is investigating a possible fraud after a complaint was filed by a Sandwich St. S. business last week.

Amherstburg police say a business in the 100 block of Sandwich St. S. received a call from a person alleging to be from a firefighter association magazine, with the caller seeking money from the business. Police say the business gave approximately $300.

Amherstburg police say they have confirmed it was a scam and the firefighter association magazine was not legitimate. Business owners are asked to be wary if they receive such a call.

The call came in at approximately 9:30 a.m. March 26.

Thefts   Amherstburg police charged a 38-year-old Essex man with theft under $5,000 and resisting arrest following a shoplifting complaint at Walmart.

Police were called there last Wednesday around 7:40 p.m. after the accused allegedly tried to leave the store with several items in his cart.

  • Amherstburg police are investigating a theft of money from a wallet that was reported last Wednesday around 5:40 p.m. The call came from a home in the 600 block of Front Road South and there are no suspects.
  • License plates were stolen off of a vehicle parked in the 5200 block of Alma St. The matter was reported to police Monday around 7:40 p.m. and is still under investigation.

 

Accident   Amherstburg police were called to an accident on Howard Ave. last Wednesday involving a car and a dump truck. One driver suffered minor injuries, police say. Amherstburg police state that a 26-year-old Harrow man was charged with careless driving.

 

Mischief   Amherstburg police were called to an apartment building in the 100 block of Pickering Dr. after Walmart shopping carts were used to block the entrance. The store was advised and the carts were removed. The call came in March 26 around noon.

 

Stats   There were 28 charges laid under the Highway Traffic Act and related statutes last week. There were also eight 911 hang-up calls and five alarm calls that the Amherstburg Police Service responded to.

 

-All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Canada Post warning against e-mail scam involving parcels

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Representatives from Canada Post’s Amherstburg outlet are warning people about a new scam that is out there.

Jennifer Grant, a clerk at the Amherstburg post office and vice president of CUPW Local 500, said they have had at least eight seniors call or stop in with copies of e-mails claiming there is a parcel at the post office. Grant said the e-mail contains a link that is not recommended to be clicked.

Grant said many people are receiving parcels this time of year, but pointed out Canada Post does not send out e-mails to customers when a parcel arrives.

If a parcel is unable to be delivered, the carrier leaves information on how the person can obtain the parcel, Grant stated.

“Canada Post will not e-mail you,” she said. “Our process is that if they have a parcel and the letter carrier isn’t able to deliver it, you will get a card on where to pick it up.”

Jennifer Grant, clerk at the Amherstburg post office, shows a card that will be left at a home if a letter carrier is unable to deliver a parcel. She notes the company would not send an e-mail.

Jennifer Grant, clerk at the Amherstburg post office, shows a card that will be left at a home if a letter carrier is unable to deliver a parcel. She notes the company would not send an e-mail.

Upon reviewing the e-mails that have been sent to people, Grant stated the e-mails are clearly not from Canada Post. Any official e-mail from Canada Post has the company name within the e-mail, she said.

Sylvie Lapointe, media relations with Canada Post, said they know of the issue and are also warning customers nationally.

“Canada Post is aware of the malicious software (malware) and phishing e-mails circulating. We recommend deleting any unexpected or suspicious e-mails with a link or file attached and report the scam to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center,” said Lapointe. “Canada Post takes online security very seriously, and we’re committed to continue notifying customers of malicious software and e-mails. We have posted messages on our social media channels, as well as our website.”

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre can be contacted at 1-888-495-8501 from 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

Amherstburg police warning people of ongoing CRA scams

 

By RTT Staff

The Amherstburg Police Service is once again alerting the public of scams being perpetrated by those incorrectly claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Police say numerous residents are still getting calls from people trying to intimidate callers by stating they can be arrested for tax-related matters. These calls are fraudulent in nature, police say, and that people should just hang up if they receive such a call.

“The CRA is not going to come out and arrest you,” said Sr. Const. Shawn McCurdy.

McCurdy added the Amherstburg Police Service also does not go out and make arrests on behalf of the CRA.

If the CRA has a legitimate issue with a person’s taxes, they would raise the issue via a letter, he added.

Local resident Dawn Beneteau said she received a recorded message last week telling her not to disregard the call and to contact a lawyer. She said she called the number back right away and provided her name and telephone number when asked.

Beneteau said she was told by the person she had defaulted on her taxes with the caller also claiming they made numerous calls and tried to deliver a registered letter to her home. When she told the man she didn’t understand what this was about, the more agitated he became and he started yelling at her and said the RCMP would come to her home.

“It was 45 minutes of me saying ‘I don’t understand,’” said Beneteau. “The more I said ‘I don’t understand,’ the angrier he got.”

At one point during the call, Beneteau said she was told “you are going to prison” with more police action threatened. After being put through to the person’s “supervisor,” the intimidating tone of voice continued. She advised her daughter to contact Amherstburg police while still on the line after being told to go to her bank, withdraw $2,900 in money, and tell no one what it was for. In order to pay what she allegedly owed, the money had to go through the U.S. treasury, Beneteau was told.

Amherstburg police advised her to simply hang up the phone and that over 20 calls were received that day regarding the same message.

Beneteau said she hopes her story will help others if they receive a similar call to the one she received as it was a scam that no one should fall victim to.

Anyone with questions or concerns about such a call can contact the Amherstburg Police Service at 519-736-2252.