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January 30, 2017

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Beware of 'grandparent' scam

The South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding area residents to verify unsolicited contacts following the report of a successful scam in the Municipality of Brockton.

The emergency scam or grandparent scam involves a panicked phone call from a “grandchild” saying they are in trouble and need money right away.  Typically, the scammer will say they’ve been in a car crash and they really need your help.  They count on you rushing to help your loved one without taking the time to check the validity of the call. 

In this case, the scam was successful and $3,000 was sent.

The South Bruce OPP is asking you to take the time to verify unsolicited contacts.  Unsolicited means that you didn’t ask for it.  With this particular scam, ensure that your grandchild is involved before you ever consider sending money. You work hard for your money, so work hard to protect it and remember; the scams will continue as long as the con artists continue to make money.

Anyone interested in more information on fraud can call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1 888 495 8501 or check online at http://www.antifraudcentre.ca/.

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'Push for Change'

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is organizing over 30 Hockey Challenge events across the province in partnership with local communities to raise awareness about youth homelessness.

The Hockey Challenge events began in December, 2016, and will run through March. Sportsnet will produce a feature that will air on Feb. 18, 'Hockey Day in Canada' that highlights the Hockey Challenge and the OPP's involvement with The Push for Change.

As part of its community safety partnership with The Push for Change, the OPP is mobilizing and engaging with youth and various stakeholders in more than 170 community-based events such as hockey games, as well as Sleep Out Challenges and community meals.

These events raise awareness about the risk factors and vulnerabilities affecting homeless youth, while fostering positive connections between the OPP, youth, families, stakeholders and communities.

The Push for Change is a national awareness and youth empowerment campaign focused on ending youth homelessness.

From May 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017, Joe Roberts – a former street youth turned successful entrepreneur – is pushing a shopping cart 9,000 km across Canada to raise awareness of and end youth homelessness. The OPP Push for Change Hockey Challenge helps create positive momentum and multiplies efforts to educate people about, and eliminate youth homelessness, one community at a time.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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