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Protect Yourself from COVID-19 Related Scams

April 24, 2020

NORTH GRENVILLE, ON - Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) are warning residents of COVID-19 related scams and ploys to extort money and personal information from fearful, trusting victims.

As COVID-19 continues to spread across Ontario and Canada, fraudsters are taking advantage of citizens' fear during uncertain times. Fraudsters are exploiting this pandemic to facilitate fraud through cybercrime and any other means to obtain your information.  

“We would like to remind residents to be aware of suspicious emails or phone calls, and to contact the local OPP detachment if you have any concerns,” said Don Sherritt, Chair of the North Grenville Police Services Board.

Police are seeing fraud reports that have a medical related theme to set further anxiety in order to gain information. From spoofed government, healthcare or research companies to unsolicited calls, emails and texts giving medical advice or requesting urgent personal information, scammers are looking at gaining personal information during these times.  

If you or someone you know suspect they've been a victim of a COVID-19 related scam or any other scam, contact the Grenville OPP Detachment (for non-emergent calls) at 1-888-310-1122 or 613-258-3441 and file a complaint through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website or by phone at 1-888-495-8501.

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According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre some of the scams include:

  • Public Health Agency of Canada giving false results saying you have been tested positive for COVID-19;
  • Red Cross and other known charities offering free medical products (e.g. masks) for a donation;
  • Government departments sending out phishing emails tricking you into opening malicious attachments and/or tricking you to reveal sensitive personal and financial details;
  • Financial advisors pressuring people to invest in new stocks related to the disease and/or offering financial aid or loans.  


For more information contact:

Jill Sturdy, Corporate Media Relations Officer

613-258-9569 ext. 155