Recently, a Chatham-Kent man reported to police that he had been defrauded of $700.
Through investigation, police learned that the man applied for a grant that was advertised on Facebook, thus providing personal information through Messenger.
The ‘agent’ overseeing the grant process contacted the man, police say, advising that he had been awarded the grant. In order to receive the money though, the man was asked to provide $700 in gift cards to cover the tax associated with the grant.
The man purchased the gift cards and sent the information to the ‘agent’ as requested, even though the cashier tried to warn the man that he might be getting scammed.
The Chatham-Kent police would like to remind citizens that payment using gift cards is a common scam technique. Scammers are very clever and crafty, so please be very cautious of anyone asking for gift cards, money or Bitcoin.
For more information about scams and frauds, see https://antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm
Failing to kid-comply
A Wallaceburg teen opted to ignore his release conditions, according to Chatham-Kent police, and earned some time behind bars as a result.
On Feb. 10, a youth was released from Court with several conditions. One of those conditions stated that he was not to attend a specific address in Wallaceburg.
Yesterday, police received information that the youth had attended the property earlier in the week.
A 16-year-old Wallaceburg youth was arrested and charged with failing to comply. He has been remanded into custody pending a bail hearing.
Sometime between Tuesday at 6 p.m. and yesterday at 2 p.m., someone stole a red 2003 Bombardier Outlander ATV from a property on Third Line in Raleigh Twp.
The ATV was last seen with Ontario license plate 8AX20.
Total value of the theft has been estimated at $10,000.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Randy Whittaker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-436-6600 ext. 82654. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.
Boozy break and enter in Chatham
Around 4:45 a.m. this morning, police responded to an audible alarm at the River Rock on King Street.
Through investigation, police learned that someone forced their way into the building, causing about $200 damage.
Once inside, the suspect(s) stole a small quantity of alcohol.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Branden Grellmore at email@example.com or 519-436-6600 ext. 87343. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.
Wrong plates CK20049079
Yesterday morning, an officer on general patrol initiated a traffic stop on Queen Street.
Through investigation, police learned that the license plates were not registered to the vehicle being driven.
The license plates were seized and the vehicle was towed from the scene.
The driver, a 29-year-old Chatham man, was issued a ticket for using plates not authorized for the vehicle.