Halton Regional Police Telephone Charity Scam

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The Halton Regional Police have been alerted of a recent telephone charity scam that is soliciting donations by fraudulently representing themselves as being from the Halton Regional Police Service.

The callers identify themselves as being members of the police service, stating that they are fundraising for an anti-bullying campaign and ask for donations ranging from $1 to $2000.

Generous and unsuspecting victims are then asked to provide a credit card number to complete the donation.

The Halton Regional Police does not solicit the public for monetary donations of any kind and does not endorse the collection of donations related to one specific campaign or charity on its behalf.

By providing personal, credit card or banking information to unknown sources exposes an individual to potential financial loss and identity theft.

To safeguard against becoming a victim of a false charity scam, consider the following precautions:

Anyone with information on this crime can contact Halton Police Fraud Investigators at 905-825-4747 ext. 8739 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

Posted: Apr. 15, 2014 Under: Halton Region Permanent Link to this Article

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Town now accepts credit cards payments for property taxes

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Residents can now pay their Town property taxes online with their credit card.

“Residents have been asking for this option and we are pleased to provide it for those people that would like to take advantage of it,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “The Town is committed to continually improving on the service we deliver to the community and we view this as one more improvement.”

The Town has partnered with Plastiq, an online third party payment service provider, for payments by credit card. This is a convenient and secure online system for paying property taxes by using a credit card. Plastiq will be charging a convenience fee for this service, which is calculated at 1.99 per cent of the bill amount.

Making payments with the Plastiq system is similar to making any other online credit card payment. Credit card payments for property taxes are only accepted online and may not be made in person.

Residents using this option are encouraged to pay well in advance of the due date to avoid late fees as it may take several days for your payment to be processed and reach the Town.

Online credit card payments can be made through the Plastiq system at: www.plastiq.com.

Posted: Apr. 15, 2014 Under: Halton Hills - Georgetown Permanent Link to this Article

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Buyer Beware - Leather Jacket Scam

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The Halton Regional Police are warning the public to beware of a leather coat scam after an Oakville resident recently fell victim in the area of Dundas Street and Winston Churchill Blvd.

As the victim was walking to his vehicle, he was approached by a male driving a SUV. The male, speaking with an Italian accent, asked the victim for directions to Pearson Airport. After providing directions, the male stated that he worked for a designer clothier out of Italy and insisted that the victim take three sample designer jackets as a “thank you.”

The victim initially declined the offer, however, the male was very persistent and the victim complied. Upon walking away with the jackets, the male asked the victim for money so he could buy souvenirs for his family at the airport. The victim gave the male $100 and went home.

Further inspection of the jackets revealed they were neither designer-made nor leather. The victim then reported the incident to the police.

Variations of this scam have been reported across Canada and the United States. Fraudsters may say they are looking to unload surplus designer jackets before returning to Europe and offer them at unbelievably low prices. The fraudsters even use props such as maps, foreign passports and business cards to support their claim.

The Halton Regional Police would like to remind the public that buying any items off the street or off the internet from someone they’ve never met exposes them to a certain level of risk.
The ultimate rule of thumb applies – “If it’s too good to be true, it’s too good to be true.”

Anyone with information on this crime can contact Halton Police Fraud Investigators at 905-825-4747 ext. 8739 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

Posted: Apr. 14, 2014 Under: Halton Region Permanent Link to this Article

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