Grandparent and furniture fraud investigations continue; mischief at old Kemptville Public

An SD&G OPP cruiser. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News file

Grandparent Fraud

NORTH GRENVILLE — Grenville County OPP are continuing an investigation after a suspected fraud occurred in North Grenville.

On August 8, OPP officers were advised from a resident that they had been defrauded of a substantial amount of money by someone claiming to be their grandson. The fraudster said he was in an ‘at fault’ collision, and now required money to pay for legal expenses. The fraudster defrauded the victim out of over $9,000.

  • The OPP remind residents that if you get a call or email from someone claiming to know you and asking for help, check to confirm that it’s legitimate before you send any money.
  • Ask some questions that would be hard for an imposter to answer correctly – the name of the person’s pet, for example, or the date of their mother’s birthday. 
  • Contact the person who they claim to be directly. If you can’t reach the person, contact someone else – a friend or relative of the person. 
  • Don’t send money unless you’re sure it’s the real person you know.
  • Impostor scams are cleverly designed to play on your fears; it’s hard to avoid falling for them. 

If you believe that someone is posing as a fraudster, hang up. You can file a complaint through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or online at www.tipsubmit.com. 

On-going furniture fraud investigation

EDWARDSBURGH/CARDINAL TOWNSHIP — Grenville County Officers are still seeking public assistance regarding furniture frauds in the Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Townships.

According to OPP Constable Ann Collins police have received reports of “people are requesting and paying for furniture to be built and then not receiving the item.” She also informed Nation Valley News that they “can’t disclose a lot as there is still an open investigation.” They are just hoping to encourage anyone who have ordered furniture like and it turned into what they suspect to be a scam then to come forward. 

Mischief to Old Kemptville Public

KEMPTVILLE — OPP officers were called to the Old Kemptville Public School building on Reuben Street shortly after 1 a.m., August 10. There was a report of youths being spotted in the area and the sound of glass breaking. One window had been broken but the building was deemed secure. This is the fifth time the building has been subjected to mischief or attempts to break-in this year.  

Super Speeder

NORTH GRENVILLE — During a speed measuring enforcement on August 11, North Grenville OPP intercepted a vehicle traveling 176 km/h in a 100 km/h zone around 11:30 p.m. The vehicle was impounded and the driver’s license was suspended for seven days. The driver was charged with Stunt Driving under the Highway Traffic Act. 

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