Appeal for Information following Suspicious Vehicle Fire

(Innisfil, ON) South Simcoe Police Service officers are seeking witnesses and security video following a suspicious tow truck fire that occurred in Innisfil.

On Thursday, January 30, 2020, around 12:30 a.m., police were called to a home in the 4th Line and Yonge Street area for a report of a tow truck on fire in a driveway. There were no injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious or has security camera video is asked to contact South Simcoe Police Service or Crime Stoppers.

Buyers Beware Online Puppy Fraud 

(Innisfil/Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police Service is warning residents about an online puppy scam.

We have received several reports of residents who made deposits towards the purchase of a puppy after responding to an online ad. Once e-transfer payments were made, the seller blocked the buyers or ignored their texts.

The best way to avoid a puppy scam is don’t buy a pet without seeing it in person. Be wary of these red flags:  

Prices are too good to be true, or the price is negotiable, on sale or at a discounted price

Puppy is free if you pay for shipping

Seller won’t talk on the phone and only communicates through emails or texts

The only way to get the puppy is to have it shipped to you, and you can’t pick it up

You must pay by money transfer or prepaid debit card

After you make a payment, there are suddenly more expenses (e.g., shipping insurance, vet bills, crate fees, etc.)

The puppy’s photo is in other ads

If you must purchase a pet online, search the seller’s name and contact information with the words “scam” and “complaint” before you part with your cash. If you are a victim, report the scam to police.