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