Media Release. Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

“Thank You for Caring”  

Neighbours Lend Helping Hand to Grateful Senior

(Innisfil, ON) An elderly Innisfil resident will be getting some extra help at home thanks to caring neighbours, police and paramedics.

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, around 8:30 p.m., South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to a call for a well-being check on an 81-year-old Innisfil man. Neighbours who are part of a Facebook group that helps vulnerable people had delivered food to the man and were concerned about his living conditions.

The caring residents told police that in the past, this senior was always ‘the guy’ who helped neighbours without being asked and they wanted to return the goodwill. Police went to the home with County of Simcoe Paramedics who assessed the man on scene and offered to help him get home care. The senior did not have a phone so the neighbour agreed to take the home care calls on his phone.

The senior, who has hearing and mobility issues, was very grateful to his neighbours, police and paramedics and said repeatedly, “Thank you for caring.”

Mischief and Breach of Probation 

(Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police Service officers have charged a 48-year-old Innisfil man after several vehicle break-ins in Bradford.

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, around 10:15 p.m., police were called to the parking lot of Boston Pizza on Holland Street West for a report of a man entering vehicles. When officers arrived, a suspect was located and arrested. While on scene, police determined that two additional vehicles had been entered.

48-year-old Eric Smith of Innisfil was charged with three counts of Mischief, three counts Breach of Probation and one count of Being Intoxicated in Public Place.

He was released with a future court date.

COVID-19 Fraud  

Our partners at the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre asked us to share this alert regarding COVID-19 Fraud.

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to spread globally, be on the lookout for associated scams. Fraudsters want to profit from consumers’ fears, uncertainties and misinformation.

Examples of COVID-19 fraud

Consumers in other countries have shared these scenarios:


Private companies offering fast COVID-19 tests for sale


Only hospitals can perform the tests

No other tests are genuine or guaranteed to provide accurate results


Consumers are purchasing large amounts of products and reselling them at higher prices


These products may be:



of lower quality

dangerous to your health


Fraudsters have been going door-to-door offering fake decontamination services

The Federal Trade Commission and Food and Drug Administration in the United States have warned of companies selling fraudulent products that claim to treat or prevent the disease


The United States has not approved any such products

The unapproved drugs threaten public health and violate federal laws


Fraudsters posing as police have been imposing on-the-spot fines to consumers wearing masks


They claim that wearing a mask in public goes against a full-face veil law

It isn’t illegal to wear a mask for health reasons


Fraudsters may urge you to invest in hot new stocks related to the disease

Fraudsters are sending phishing, spear phishing and other malicious email campaigns that capitalize on the public’s fears about Covid-19

Fraudsters are creating fraudulent and deceptive online ads


These ads may offer:


cleaning products

hand sanitizers

other items in high demand


How to protect yourself


Beware of false or misleading information

Find the latest information:


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (Public Health Agency of Canada) 


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak (World Health Organization) 


Contact your insurance provider to answer any health insurance questions

Beware of high-priced or low-quality products

Beware of unsolicited medical advisory emails with links or attachments


Fraudsters may spoof the information of government and health care organizations


Beware of:


miracle cures

herbal remedies

other questionable offers, such as vaccinations, faster tests, etc.


Beware of unauthorized or fraudulent charities requesting money for victims or research:


Don’t be pressured into making a donation

Verify that a charity is registered  


On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, South Simcoe Police Service responded to 50 calls for service.