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The North Bay Police Service is warning the public of scam calls in which callers pose as police and demand payment for bail money to release a loved one from custody.

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The North Bay Police Service has received multiple reports of scam calls primarily targeting elderly individuals. During the call, the scammers claim that they are police and demand payment in cash for bail funds to release a loved one from custody.

During the calls the scammers will even let the victim speak with an individual claiming to be a lawyer who will reinforce the scammers demands. Victims are instructed to withdraw a large amount of money, but not to discuss the reason for the withdrawal with anyone, threatening the victim with criminal charges should they do so.

At this time, the North Bay Police has not received any reports of individuals paying the scammers.

If you receive a call from someone claiming to be police and ask you to withdraw money, contact the North Bay Police Service at 705-497-5555 and press 9 to speak with an officer.

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The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre offers ways to protect yourself:

· If you receive a phone call claiming to be from a family member in an emergency situation, hang up the phone and contact them directly using a phone number you already have – not one provided by the suspected fraudster.

· If the caller claims to be a law enforcement official, hang up and call your local police directly, using a phone number from a reputable source – not one provided by the suspected fraudster

· Be suspicious of telephone calls that require you to immediately act and request money for a family member in distress

· Listen to that inner voice that is screaming at you “This doesn’t sound right”

· It is important to know the Canadian Criminal Justice System does not allow for someone to be bailed out of jail with cash or cryptocurrency

· Be careful what you post online

o Scammers can get details that you shared on social media platforms and dating sites to target you or get names and details about your loved ones

· Don’t trust caller ID names and numbers.

o Scammers use technology to disguise the actual number they are calling from and can make it appear as a trusted phone number, also known as spoofing

To learn more visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre: https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/scams-fraudes/emergency-urgence-eng.htm

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