On Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Nottawasaga Detachment, Crime Unit, arrested a 48-year-old Essa Township man on charges of fraud over $5,000. This was the result of information received from a financial institution regarding cheques written by a vulnerable senior.
The total value of the fraudulent service was approximately $130,000. These cheques had been written by one of their vulnerable senior clients, and related to home and property care.
The OPP would like to remind seniors to be cautious in dealings with service providers and it is always a good idea to do comparative pricing when these services are needed.
Another safeguard is to notify your financial institution that you will be making purchases in this regard and the total amount that you are expecting to spend.
If there are any suspicions about the service, please contact a family member for further advice or notify your community police service. The general reporting number for the Ontario Provincial Police is 1-888-310-1122.
Read the full story over at Barrie Today.