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Brandon police warn about Bitcoin phone scam

By: Q Country/Star FM News
Posted: January 11, 2022 09:29

Brandon victim was conned out of $900

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On January 10, 2022, Brandon police received a report of a fraud in which the fraudsters convinced the victim to send $900 via Bitcoin by pretending to be representatives from Service Canada. The victim also provided fraudsters with their Social Insurance Number. The victim received another call from fraudsters pretending to be members of BPS. The fraudster told the victim that they would be arrested if they did not send more money. At this point, the victim became suspicious and attended to BPS.

While the victim was reporting the matter in Brandon Police Service front lobby, they received another phone call to their cell phone, and the number on their call display was the Brandon Police Service non-emergency number. The person on the other end of the phone was pretending to be a member of Brandon Police Service. The victim gave the phone to the BPS employee who then engaged with the fraudster.

Unfortunately, police are not able to track Bitcoin, so any money sent by victims will not be recovered. Government agencies will not collect money via Bitcoin, and police do not accept money in any form as an alternative to arrest.  Legitimate business and government phone numbers can be spoofed on your call display by fraudsters, to convince victims to comply with bogus demands. If you didn’t initiate the phone call, you do not know who you are speaking with. Do not give personal information, such as SIN number, or banking information over the phone. If you are ever in doubt, please contact police.

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On January 10, 2022, shortly after 8:00 am, police responded to a report of an individual sleeping in a common laundry room of an apartment building. Police say the man was not a tenant of the building, and had allegedly screwed the door shut to prevent anyone from entering the room. Police also report the suspect gave officers a false name, and was apparently in possession of a ‘monkey’s fist’ - a ball wrapped in tape attached to a chain. Police say once he was identified, the 38-year-old was found not to be in possession of any weapon. He was lodged at Brandon Police Service and will appear in court today on charges of Public Mischief, Possession of a Weapon, Fail to Comply with Probation and Mischief to Property.

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On January 10, 2022 shortly before 3:00 pm, Brandon police responded to a report of a male who had allegedly damaged a door at a family member’s residence by kicking it. A 41-year-old man, who police say was under the influence of illicit drugs, was arrested. He was lodged at Brandon Police Service and will be released once sober to appear in court on March 28, 2022 on a charge of Mischief to Property.

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On December 29, 2021, police received a complaint of a sexual assault, which occurred in the summer of 2021.  Following the investigation, a 35-year-old male suspect, who is currently an inmate at Headingly Correctional Centre, will appear in court today on a charge of Sexual Assault.

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On January 10, 2022 shortly before 8:00 pm, police responded to a report of a female who had allegedly been using drugs in the washroom of a business in the 1000 block of Middleton Avenue. Police say the suspect was wanted on outstanding charges of Fail to Comply with Probation. A 42-year-old woman was arrested and lodged at Brandon Police Service. She will be released once sober to appear in court on a later date.

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On January 10, 2022, police located and arrested a 47-year-old male who was wanted on outstanding charged of Utter Forged Document. He was lodged at Brandon Police Service and will appear in court today.

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On January 10, 2022, police located and arrested a 22-year-old female who was wanted on outstanding charges of Fail to Attend. She was later released and will appear in court on March 14, 2022.

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On January 11, 2022 shortly after 4:00 am, Brandon police responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence. Officers say one of the residents, a 20-year-old female was found to be intoxicated, and others in the home were allegedly unable to prevent her actions from escalating. She was arrested and lodged at Brandon Police Service and will be released once sober.

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