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Oshawa police constable offers helping hand to scam victim

An Oshawa woman says a bad moving experience was made slightly better recently, thanks to the generosity of a Durham Regional Police officer. Sadaf Ahmad hired a company she found on Kijiji to move her family’s belongings from Brampton to Oshawa Sunday night.

Victim gets no help from police in civil matter

She said she had a verbal commitment with the company of a $50 flat fee plus another $50 per hour. But when the movers showed up, they demanded Ahmad sign a contract and put down a $300 deposit. And it only got worse from there. When she called Durham Regional Police there was little the officer could do in a professional capacity — at that point, it was a civil matter, not criminal.

Officer helps cleaning up and gives tips

This happens a lot in fraud cases: the police can’t do much as the matter is civil. Officers generally do not become actively involved in civil disputes, as they are not empowered by state statute to do so. These incidents are best dealt with by contacting a private attorney or the courthouse. In this case, the police officer still wanted to help. Ahmad says the officer helped moving the furniture the movers had dumped in the driveway into the house and he gave her family tips about how to avoid falling victim to scams in the future. 

Read more at CBC News.

This article is edited and summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.