Police believe they have captured an image of a witness they would like to interview.

Crime 100By Staff

July 22, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

When there is high quality video available the police have a very good chance of identifying the person.
The people the police want to identify are not always wanted for something they may have done. There are occasions when the police want to speak to a person who they feel may have been a witness,

The Halton Regional Police Service Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit (CASA), is currently investigating a sexual assault that occurred in the evening of Canada Day, July 1, 2019. The female victim left “The COOP” restaurant located on Brant Street, just north of Lakeshore Road in Burlington, and accepted a ride with an unknown male party. The victim was sexually assaulted in the vehicle prior to being dropped off at her residence.

Assault Witness Photo

Police would like to identify this witness

Through investigation, officers have pieced together a timeline of the victim’s evening prior to being dropped off at her residence. Officers confirmed the victim was in the parking lot of a Shell gas station located at Walkers Line and Mainway between 11:50pm and 11:55pm on July 1.

Vehicle Photo

Police believe this vehicle may have been used in a sexual assault.

Police are asking the public for assistance in identifying this female witness and a blue four door vehicle (believed to be a Mazda). The witness and vehicle were also at the Shell station at that time.

Investigators have determined that this female witness interacted with the victim and may be able to assist police in the investigation.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit – Detective Sergeant Chris Newcombe at 905-465-8965 or Detective Constable Andrea Moss at 905-465-8971.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca

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It can happen to the best of organizations, the city of Burlington knows that - Phishing scams. Learn as much as you can and remember the cardinal rule - if in doubt - don't.

News 100 blueBy Staff

July 22, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

Originally published in Inc. magazine with some local content added.

Phishing scams are nothing new; most of us have heard about the “Nigerian prince” phishing emails that have been showing up in inboxes for years.

ID theft damageUnfortunately, phishing attacks continue to increase exponentially in volume, and are considered a serious threat to both companies and individual internet users since they can result in devastating financial losses. In addition, phishing emails can be much harder to recognize than many business owners think.

Cybercriminals have resorted to increasingly sophisticated phishing strategies as of late to get recipients to open, click, and share malicious code. And these tactics are paying off handsomely. Business email compromise (BEC) scams are more successful than ever, with losses reaching $2.7 billion in 2018.

Add to that the half a million that was scooped out of the city of Burlington coffers in 2019.

Here are some common phishing trends that business owners should know about and tips for educating employees about them:
What are phishing scams?

Identity theft - many facesPhishing scams typically consist of emails that seem harmless but are actually intended to trick users into sharing sensitive information. This is often accomplished by encouraging the user to click on a malicious link or attachment. Phishing emails get their name because the hackers are “fishing” for your personal information.

Most phishing emails appear completely legitimate, often by imitating a company’s logo using high-quality graphics and including opt-out instructions. For this reason, it’s quite common for recipients to be fooled, and even large companies have fallen prey to these scams. SiteLock has published a round-up of some recent phishing examples to demonstrate the prevalence of these scams and how to protect against them.

Common Phishing Trends and Techniques

There are many different techniques hackers use to launch a phishing attack. A few of the most common ones are provided below:

Invoice phishing: Invoice phishing scams emails claim the recipient has an outstanding invoice from a well-known company, bank, or vendor. The email instructs the recipient to click on a link to pay their invoice. But when they click on the link and access the site, the hackers steal their personal information and gain access to their bank accounts.

The virus or compromised account: Viruses and compromised accounts cause users to receive an email from a third party company claiming one of their accounts has been compromised. The email instructs them to log in to reset their password or to download a form, fill in their personal information, and return it. However, a legitimate company would never request your personal information through email in this manner.

Payment and delivery scam: This tactic involves sending emails from what appears to be a legitimate vendor asking for a user’s credit card information. They typically claim that your payment information needs to be updated before they will deliver your order. Be very careful with these emails, especially if you haven’t purchased anything from the vendor.

Downloads: Download scams send an email instructing recipients to click on a link. These emails often contain hyperlinks that could download a malicious file onto the end user’s computer. Never click on an email link unless you are absolutely sure that the sender is who they claim to be.

Tips for Spotting Phishing Emails

Although phishing emails often mimic actual companies and vendors, there are ways to detect them. All small business owners and employees should be aware of the following red flags that indicate a possible phishing email:

The email contains links or URLs that direct you to the wrong website or try to get you to access a third-party site that is separate from the email sender.

RBC scam attempt

Note the url that the email came from – it wasn’t the one the bank uses, Remember – look over email that is not familiar to you – carefully.

You receive an email from a company requesting sensitive information which can include your social security number, bank account information, or credit card numbers. Consider these emails suspect and never share your personal information without checking with the company first.

You find an unexpected email in your inbox from a person, vendor, or company that you rarely or never deal with. If this happens, the safest thing to do is delete the email without opening it, as there’s a good chance it’s a phishing email.

The email has obvious errors like typos, poor grammar, or incorrect information. A legitimate email from a company is very unlikely to have these kinds of errors.

The email address of the sender is incorrect, although it is close to the actual email address. This is another common sign of a phishing email.

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Good hackers, and there are a lot of them out there – are combing through your data looking for ways to get into your computer,

Phishing scams remain a very common type of cybercrime, and can cause major financial losses to individual users and companies. And phishing emails are much more sophisticated these days, making them harder to detect. If you’re a business owner, it’s essential to be aware of common phishing techniques and red flags and to educate your employees on them.

Related news story:

How much damage cam identity theft do to you?  Read how one young GTA resident had to deal with it.

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Arrest Made in Thefts of Packages from Front Doors of Residences

Crime 100By Staff

July 20th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau of the Halton Regional Police have charged a male in connection with thefts of Amazon packages that had been left at the front doors of residences.

HRPS crestBetween July 16 and July 18, 2019, the Halton Regional Police Service responded to several reports of packages being stolen from the front porch of local residences and replaced with empty boxes. The suspect responsible for the thefts was captured on CCTV and appeared to be operating a black Mercedes.

With the assistance of the public and social media, a person of interest was identified. Police confirmed the identity of the suspect and arrested him on July 18, 2019.

Randy Potter (36) of Burlington was arrested and charged with:
-3 counts of Theft Under $5000
-1 count of Fail to Comply with Probation

He was held for a bail hearing which took place on July 19, 2019.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact Detective Constable Colin Macleod of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 extension 2357.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something?” Contact “Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca

Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Very well done - convincing - but a scam nevertheless. The rule: If in doubt - don't

Crime 100By Staff

July 16, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

This scam is good – they’ve done a good job of looking legit – they aren’t.

Simmons scam graphic

It is scams like this that caught a Burlington city staffer off guard – it happens.

Dear Client,
Please press the ‘Review Document’ button to review your Service Agreement and complete the e-signature process.

Upon completion you will automatically receive an email with an attached signed copy of this Service Agreement.

Regards
Simmons Canada Inc

Do Not Share This Email
This email contains a secure link to DocuSign. Please do not share this email, link, or access code with others.
About DocuSign

Sign documents electronically in just minutes. It’s safe, secure, and legally binding. Whether you’re in an office, at home, on-the-go — or even across the globe — DocuSign provides a professional trusted solution for Digital Transaction Management™.

This message was sent to you by Simmons Canada Inc who is using the DocuSign Electronic Signature Service. If you would rather not receive email from this sender you may contact the sender with your request.

This email was sent by: Simmons (Mouldings) Ltd
661 University Ave, Toronto, ON, M5G 1L7 Canada

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Council was fully briefed ten days before city hall reported that half a million had been taken from city accounts by an as yet unknown third party.

News 100 redBy Staff

July 4th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It looked like a minor matter on the Audit Committee agenda – but it was probably that whopper of an issue – the more than half a million dollars that got sucked out of a city bank account.

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Councillor Bentivegna moved a motion to put city council into a closed session.

The Audit Committee went into a CLOSED session. Moved by: Councillor Bentivegna that the Audit committee “Move into closed session in accordance with the following provisions under the Municipal Act, sections 239 (a) the security of the property of the municipality or local board, with respect to finance department report F-24-19 regarding the risk of fraud”.

This took place on June 5th,  – the city reported that the money disappeared on June 14th

The city deserves some credit for eventually going public.  There hasn’t been a word since.  Report F 24-19 would have had plenty of detail that got discussed behind closed doors.

There is really no reason for this level of Closed Session use.

Related news story:

City gets clipped for a half a million.

 

 

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A new scam - they are going after people they believe have PayPal accounts.

IDTHEFT 100X100By Staff

July 2nd, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

They are just taking care of business – their business not mine and they have nothing to do with PayPal, a service we use frequently.

We got the following

Greetings from PayPal Customer Support.

Please be advised that we will deactivate the access of your account/s in PayPal if we don’t hear any actions from you.

It’s usually pretty easy to take care of things like this. Most of the time, we just need a little more information about your account or latest purchases. You can verify your account at https://paypal.com/

These communication channels are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Thank you for your time with us!

The PayPal Inc Customer Support Team

Now look at the address the message came from.

PayPal scam

That is not the url for PayPal.

Remember that cardinal rule – If in doubt – don’t.  In the world of the internet – be ever vigilant.

 

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Police release photos of suspects in theft of bank cards at an LCBO location.

Crime 100By Staff

June 28th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service warns the public about an increase in the number of shoulder surfing/distraction-style thefts in the region and is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects.

On June 10, 2019 a victim was shopping at an LCBO in Burlington.

Suspect 3Suspect 2

 

Suspect 1Suspect 4Two suspects were in line behind the victim and managed to observe his personal identification number as he attempted to pay. After following the victim to the parking lot, they engaged him in conversation about dropping some cash while at the store. The male suspect then put the “found” money into the victim’s wallet and walked away.

The victim returned home later discovered his financial cards had been stolen and contacted police. The suspects immediately used the financial cards in Halton and Peel region to make cash advances and retail purchases. The loss is estimated to be $13,000.

Suspect One: Male, olive complexion, 30-35 years, 5’6-5’7, medium build, 180 lbs, black beard. Wearing a purple T-Shirt, jeans, tan baseball cap.

Suspect Two: Male, olive complexion, 35-40 years, 5’8-5’9, heavy build, 220 lbs, glasses. Wearing black pants, blue and white stripped T-Shirt, light blue baseball cap.

If you are able to identify the above two suspects or have any other information please contact Detective Constable Derek Gray of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Seniors Liaison Team at 905-825-4747 ext. 2344.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Police are reminding the public to make efforts to protect their (PIN) Personal Identification Number for their financial cards when making payments at merchants and using Automated Teller Machines.

Several different suspects have been approaching victims in retail parking lots and using some method of distraction theft to engage the victim in conversation such as: returning money the victim allegedly dropped, looking for the hospital or some vehicle mechanical issue. The suspects then either pick pocket the victim’s financial cards or steal their wallets from their vehicles while the victim is distracted. When the theft is completed, the suspects then have the victim’s financial cards with the matching Personal Identification Number and proceed to make fraudulent purchases using the stolen financial cards.

Quality video cameras produce useful photographs – well worth the investment.

Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Don't get caught the way the city did: an email cost the city half a million.

Crime 100By Staff

June 27th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

You Have One Security Message From RBC Online Services Center said the email headline.

The message said:

You will need to download the attached document file to proceed with the review process.

Your attachments are saved to your computer in the default download location set by your browser. Open the file and follow the instructions to complete your renewal.

Thank you for your business and we welcome any feedback or questions you may have.
Best wishes,
Patrick Smith, Business Security Operator

There are thousands of people out there sending these phony message – we don’t deal with the Royal Bank so we knew it was a scam.  But for those who do deal with the Royal – how do they know the message is phony?

Look very carefully at who the message was sent from:

RBC scam attempt

That is not the Royal Bank.

Related news story:

City gets hit with a $500,000 + computer scam.

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Police still looking for the two suspects that approached city hall at night bearing signs that were deemed to be hate literature.

Crime 100By Staff

June 25th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

A little more help and the Regional Police should be able to close this file.

As a result of the news coverage media was able to give the police located and arrested and released. Formal charges are pending while the investigation continues.

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Two suspects approaching the Brant street doors of city hall

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Two suspects walking away from the front door of the Brant Street entrance of city hall.

The two suspects who were captured on video cameras outside city hall have yet to be located. Had the city installed high quality video cameras there would have been better visuals with which to identify the suspects.

The Halton Regional Police Service is appealing to the public to come forward with any information that would assist in determining the identity of person of interest #2.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Scott Feddema at 905-825-4777 ext. 2316 or the on-duty 3 District Staff Sergeant at 905-825-4777 ext. 2310.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

People charged with a criminal offence are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Police arrest suspect in robbery at knife point.

Crime 100By Staff

June 19th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Regional police have made an arrest of a robbery suspect who was riding a BMX-style bike and flashed a switchblade-style knife during two incidents.

Police cruiserBack in May police responded to a report of a break and enter in the area of Shoreacres Road and Spruce Avenue in Burlington. The involved individual was located in close proximity and taken into custody. During the subsequent investigation that same individual was linked to two recent knife point robberies.

Michael Main (27) of Burlington was charged with the below offences and held for a bail hearing:

-Trespass at night
-Assault with a weapon
-Robbery (2 counts)
-Fail to Comply Probation (3 counts)

The robberies occurred on May 19, 2019 at approximately 10:00 pm and on May 20, 2019 at approximately 1:30 am in the Appleby Line and New Street area.

Anyone who may have any additional information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Steve Siomra at 905-825-4747 Ext: 2343.
Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Persons charged with a criminal offence are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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Do you know what Distraction Theft is: Learn more and help identify two suspects.

Crime 100By Staff

June 18th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police want to advise you of a particular nasty bit of thievery taking place in the Region and ask for your help in identifying two suspects.

There is an increase in the number of shoulder surfing/ distraction-style thefts in Halton. The police captured images of two suspects: Do you know who they are?

On May 20, 2019, an 87 year old victim was shopping at a garden center in Burlington. Two suspects were in line behind the victim where they managed to observe his personal identification number. After following the victim to the parking lot, they engaged him in conversation about dropping some cash while at the store. The female suspect then put the “found” money into the victim’s wallet and walked away with the male suspect.

The victim returned home later discovered the missing financial cards and contacted police. The suspects immediately used the financial cards in Hamilton, Halton and Peel Region to make cash advances and retail purchases. The loss is estimated to be $3,300.

Distraction 1

Distraction 2Distraction 3Suspect One: Male, olive complexion, late 30’s to early 40’s, 5’4 to 5’6, medium build, 160 to 170 lbs, black beard, wearing blue jeans, tan coat, black shirt with logo, black baseball cap.

 

Distraction 5Distraction 6Suspect Two: Female, White, mid to late 30’s, 5’4 to 5’5, thin build, 120 to 130 lbs, long hair up in a ponytail with dark roots, blonde tips, wearing a blue jacket, tan baseball cap, blue jeans, white cross body strap purse.

If you are able to identify the above two suspects or have any other information please contact Detective Constable Derek Gray of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Seniors Liaison Team at 905-825-4747 ext. 2344.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Police are reminding the public to make efforts to protect their (PIN) Personal Identification Number for their financial cards when making payments at merchants and using Automated Teller Machines.

Several different suspects have been approaching victim’s in retail parking lots and using some method of distraction theft to engage the victim in conversation such as: “returning money the victim allegedly dropped, or looking for the hospital or some vehicle mechanical issue”. The suspects then either pick pocket the victim’s financial cards or steal their wallets from their vehicles while the victim is distracted. When the theft is completed, the suspects then have the victim’s financial cards with the matching Personal Identification Number and proceed to go on a shopping spree with the victim’s financial cards.

People charged with a criminal offence are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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54 year old Hamilton resident driving motorcycle killed as the result of a collision on Derry Road.

News 100 blackBy Staff

June 16th, 2O19

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Late late Friday evening – the 14th the Regional Police responded to a collision on Derry Road, west of Guelph Line.

Halton police - good angleA westbound sport utility vehicle, driven by a 72 year old Burlington resident, turned left across the path of an eastbound motorcycle, driven by a 54 year old Hamilton resident.

The motorcycle rider was thrown from his motorcycle to the roadway and suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased on scene. The female driver of the sport utility was uninjured.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit attended the scene and assumed responsibility for the investigation.

Any witnesses who haven’t spoken to police are urged to call (905) 825-4747 extension 5065.

A traffic fatality took place in Burlington on Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Guelph Line and Mount Forest.

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Some detailed pictures on hate crime suspect - can you help identify the young man police want to interview?

Crime 100By Pepper Parr

June 14th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

An update on those terrible hate messages that were seen at six locations in the City of Burlington since May 21, 2019.

The Halton Regional Police Service need your help in identifying the person(s) responsible for displaying hate-motivated images at various locations in Burlington. New photographs of one person of interest have been obtained.

hate facing side angle

The high quality visuals will help identify this young man – if you recognize the face – call the police or Crime Stoppers.

hate solid face frontal

Do you know this young man – he needs help before he does something dangerous to someone. Hate has a way of spiraling out of control.

That person of interest is described as: male, white, 18-25 years of age, average build, wearing blue jeans, Under Armour Jacket, Adidas running shoes, grey t-shirt and wearing an Adidas grey/orange/black backpack.

Also observed at one incident wearing a blue baseball cap.

hate backpack

Is the back pack familiar? Could it belong to someone in your family. Help them get the help they need. Call the police before the suspect does anything worse.

The Halton Regional Police Service is investigating these offences as hate crimes that willfully promote hatred. We are appealing to the public to come forward with any information that would assist us in determining the person(s) responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jared McLeod at 905-825-4777 ext. 2385 or the on-duty 3 District Staff Sergeant at 905-825-4777 ext. 2310.
Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

The first known incident occurred on May 21, 2019 near Dundas Street and Guelph Line, and involved a note being left on a private vehicle that included a hate-motivated racist message.

The second incident occurred on May 23, 2019 and involved an Anti-Semitic poster that was placed on a traffic post.

The next incident occurred on May 26, 2019 when hate propaganda was placed on a number of vehicles in the parking lot of a church near Mainway and Walkers Line.

On May 30, 2019, a complainant reported to police that an Anti-Semitic message was written on their vehicle in marker.

Sometime between June 1 and June 2, 2019, Anti-Semitic imagery was found posted on the front doors of the Burlington Art Gallery.

In the most recent known incident, Anti-Semitic imagery was found posted on the front doors of Burlington City Hall on the morning of June 2, 2019.

There is a bit of an upside – the quality of the videos is very high – investing in good equipment is well worth the cost- it proves to be a strong deterrent.

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City suffers from a half a million dollar computer scam.

Crime 100By Staff

June 14th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It took more than a month to tell the story but at least they went public with a computer scam that cost the city more than half a million dollars.

ID theft screenThe city got stung by a scam that fooled a staff member into transferring funds to the account of a company they had done business with in the past.

The scam was based on an email asking to have banking information changed.

With that information the thief was inside the city system.

It took a week for the loss to become evident – bank was called, police notified but the money is gone and once it is out the door there is no getting it back.

Was it sloppy on the part of the staff member? A little perhaps – but it is very very difficult to stay on top of the attempts to get at your money.

The Gazette was hacked earlier this week. In our case someone got at us by getting inside the server that our site runs from.

Our readers are still not able to comment on news stories.

We live in a different world and have to learn think differently.

The senior people at city hall in the Finance and IT departments will be devastated – some lessons will be learned and procedures will be tightened.

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Halton Crime Stoppers assisting to combat Fentanyl

Crime 100By Staff

June 13th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Crime Stoppers of Halton, in partnership with Halton Regional Police Service, is targeting the dangerous and increasingly widespread trafficking and dealing of Fentanyl and other opioids.

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“Fentanyl and related opioids are becoming ever more common in Halton Region and that raises concern for the safety of our communities,” says Constable Nadine Clarke, police coordinator at Halton Crime Stoppers. “Every tip from the public is investigated and every dose of Fentanyl taken off our streets is a life potentially saved”.

“Halton Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $2000 for valid tips that lead to an arrest, and all tips are 100% anonymous. Halton Crime Stoppers will never ask for your name, address, phone number, e-mail address or other personal information.”

Anyone with information on the trafficking or dealing of Fentanyl and related drugs in Halton Region are asked to contact Halton Crime Stoppers either by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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Police looking for suspects who have displayed hate-motivated messages.

Crime 100By Staff

June 5th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Police are seeking public assistance to identify the persons responsible for displaying hate-motivated messages at six locations in the City of Burlington since May 21, 2019.

The first known incident occurred on May 21, 2019 near Dundas Street and Guelph Line, and involved a note being left on a private vehicle that included a hate-motivated racist message.

The second incident occurred on May 23, 2019 and involved an Anti-Semitic poster that was placed on a traffic post.
The next incident occurred on May 26, 2019 when hate propaganda was placed on a number of vehicles in the parking lot of a church near Mainway and Walkers Line.

Hate crime suspects

Suspects approach the doors of Burlington’s city hall.

On May 30, 2019, a complainant reported to police that an Anti-Semitic message was written on their vehicle in marker.

Some time between June 1 and June 2, 2019, Anti-Semitic imagery was found posted on the front doors of the Burlington Art Gallery.
In the most recent known incident, Anti-Semitic imagery was found posted on the front doors of Burlington City Hall on the morning of June 2, 2019.

The Halton Regional Police Service condemns any/all such incidents that impact or erode the community’s sense of safety and well-being.

“Hate crime has no place in any community, and I am confident that the persons responsible behind these ignorant, cowardly and hateful acts will be quickly identified with the public’s assistance.

“No one has the right to make another person feel fearful because of the colour of their skin, race, religion, ethnic origin or any other factor. The Halton Regional Police Service is committed to fully investigating these crimes and ensuring those responsible are brought to justice,” said Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah.

The HRPS is investigating these offences as hate crimes that willfully promote hatred. We are appealing to the public to come forward with any information that would assist us in determining the persons responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 905-825-4777 ext. 2315 or ext. 2316 or the on-duty 3 District Staff Sergeant at 905-825-4777 ext. 2310.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Mayor Meed Ward issued a Statement earlier today saying: “On behalf of the City of Burlington and Burlington City Council, I join Halton Police in condemning all incidents where this type of despicable behavior takes place. Hate absolutely has no place anywhere in our city. Burlington is a place that embraces and celebrates diversity, acceptance and respect.”

The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister for Democratic Institutions and Member of Parlimenrt for Burlington said:  “These crimes displayed hate-motivated and anti-Semitic messages around the City, including at City Hall.

“These types of acts are unacceptable and there is no place for hatred or violence in our community. No one in our community should feel discriminated against because of their faith. Burlington is a place that celebrates our diversity. We are a tolerant and accepting city where everyone should feel welcome.

“In a world where hate and racism continues to rise, we must respect each other, and embrace each other’s differences. Our diversity is our strength. We must continue to fight against discrimination of all kinds and we must stand up against hatred in all of its forms.”

 

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The email didn't come from a bank.

Crime 100By Staff

June 4th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

This might look like my bank doing me a favour – it isn’t.

Someone has sent out a mass Identity Theft mailing and hoping that someone will click on that line and begin the process of gathering information that has the potential to drain your bank account.

Banks are losing a fortune from the Identity thieves.

The telltale sign on this email is the source. The address it came from is not the bank of Nova Scotia.

Scotia scam

the url scb.ca is not the Bank of Nova Scotia.

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Free money from a bank is the first sign of a scam.

Crime 100By Staff

May 31st, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

This kind of scam is used again and again – because it works for the thieves.

A quick look at the address it came from tells you it wasn’t a bank.

RBC address

 

RBC free prepaid

And banks don’t just throw money around like this. If the bank wants to talk to you about money – they will be in touch with you directly.

Some however will get taken in.

Cardinal rules: If it looks too good to be true – that’s because it isn’t true – and if in doubt – don’t.

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Charges Laid in Kijiji Fraud Investigation: the diamonds were real enough - the certified cheque wasn't.

Crime 100By Staff

May 30th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service’s Regional Fraud Unit has charged one person in connection with a series of thefts involving the use of the popular online advertising service “Kijiji” to target victims. The thefts occurred between October 2018 and February 2019.

HRPS crestThe suspect would seek out victims online who were selling diamond rings or loose diamonds and would engage them in conversations over email and text. The suspect purported himself to be an employee of Morgan Stanley and used several different aliases (Rich Thompson, Alex Stanford, Cameron Woods and Albert August) to conceal his true identity. The suspect would arrange to meet his victims in public locations (GO Stations, Hotels, etc.) to ensure the exchange was “safe”. Upon meeting his victims, the suspect would surrender a certified cheque in exchange for the diamond and leave the area using public transit (usually a GO Train). Each certified cheque the suspect passed was determined to be fraudulent resulting in the victims losing over $25,000 collectively.

diamondsAn investigation was started by the Regional Fraud Card Team in partnership with GO Transit Safety and Security Division, and the suspect was identified as Michael Morris (30) from Whitby. On May 2, 2019 with the assistance of the Durham Regional Police Tactical Support Unit, a criminal code search warrant was executed at the residence of Morris in Whitby. At the time of the search, Morris was not located inside the residence and an arrest warrant was issued.

On May 29, 2019 with the assistance of the Provincial ROPE squad and Halton Police’s Risk Mitigation Team, Morris was arrested without incident leaving a residence in City of Toronto.

Morris has been charged with the following offences:

– Four counts of fraud over $5000
– Four counts of using a forged document
– Two counts of personation with intent
– One count of possession of counterfeit money

The accused was held for bail.

Police believe there may be other occurrences involving the accused and are asking anyone with information regarding similar incidents to contact Detective Constable Mike Tidball of the Regional Fraud Card Team at 905 825-4747, ext. 8743.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

People charged with a criminal offence are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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3,306 traffic charges and warnings related to all forms of driving offences were laid during the holiday weekend. Up 23% over previous year.

News 100 blueBy Staff

May 28th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Another report card – we didn’t do all that well in the 2019 Canada Road Safety Week Enforcement initiative. Infractions were xx% higher than in the previous year.

During the week of May 14 -20, the Halton Regional Police Service conducted heightened traffic enforcement on area roadways. Officers focused on what has become known as the ‘Big 3’ road safety issues:

Cell phone while driving

call 9-1-1 for an immediate police response when you see this kind of behavior. Don’t call while YOU are driving.

aggressive driving,
distracted driving
and impaired operation – by alcohol and/or drug.

During Canada Road Safety Week CRSW, which included the Victoria Day Long Weekend, Halton Regional Police Service officers laid a total of 3,306 non-criminal charges and warnings related to all forms of driving offences.

Charges included:

1. Speeding, Careless Driving and Stunt Driving (1,599 charges);

2. Sign and traffic light-related offences (473 charges);

3. Documentary infractions-licencing and insurance (456 charges); and

4. Cell phone- electronic devices (129 charges).

The total number of charges laid represents a 23 per cent increase over the number of charges laid during the 2018 CRSW campaign.

Halton officers also intercepted and criminally charged 13 impaired drivers during the campaign for excess blood alcohol, commonly referred to as ‘80mgs or over’. An additional 8 drivers were suspended following roadside breath alcohol testing for registering ‘warn range’ breath alcohol readings.

The Regional Police Service is “grateful” for the vast majority of citizens and area motorists who remain committed to road safety across the region.

If you observe a vehicle being operated in a manner which places you or anyone else in danger, please call 9-1-1 for an immediate police response.

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