Toronto police warn of ongoing financial fraud that targets seniors

Feb 27 2020, 9:23 am

The Toronto Police Service is warning the public about an ongoing fraud investigation that targets seniors in the Polish community.

Law enforcement says that calls are made by a woman — who can speak both English and Polish — purporting to be the police.

The woman reportedly provides a false reason for the call, and demands the victim collect their money, valuables, jewellery and place them into a bag that should then be left on the front porch, or thrown out the window.

Police say that they would never, under any circumstances, call demanding money, valuables or jewellery.

Anyone who receives a call from someone claiming to be law enforcement and making demands should hang up the phone, note the time, date, and details of the conversation, and report the call to police.

The Toronto Police Service also has a series of tips that can be referenced to protect yourself from financial crimes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, on the Facebook Leave a Tip page, or by texting TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).