Beware of phone scammers claiming to be from the Police Association of Ontario
(Ottawa)—The Ottawa Police Service is informing the public on an ongoing scam where a caller states that he/she is from the Police Association of Ontario and is looking for donations for “underprivileged kids.”
Ottawa Police can confirm that neither the Police Association of Ontario nor the Ottawa Police Association are conducting such a campaign.
The call comes from a 613-627-3200 number. When you call that number back, an automated message answers that you have reached the Police Association of Ontario—however, this number is not associated to the Police Association of Ontario and to the Ottawa Police Association.
This is a reminder for victims giving personal and financial information to such scams. Please be vigilant when asked to provide financial/banking information by phone.
The Ottawa Police Service Organized Fraud Unit is advising the public that are or have been victims of this scam to contact the Ottawa Police and make a report at 613-236-1222 ext 7300. The call center is actively tracking all complaints and forwarding them to our Organized Fraud investigators.
Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police iOS app.
Sgt. Jamie Ritchie
Organized Fraud Unit
Tel: 613-236-1222, ext. 5801