OPP OFFICERS INTERCEPT PHONE SCAM
On February 9, 2021, at approximately 12:22 p.m., members of the Grenville County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a call for assistance from a complainant in Kemptville, who stated her daughter left the residence in a hurry believing she would be arrested.
An officer located the female outside of a retail store in Kemptville. The officer quickly discovered the female had been the subject of a phone scam where the suspect demanded gift cards be purchased in order for the female to avoid arrest. The phone scam was intercepted before a transaction was made.
Grenville County OPP want the public to be aware that there are dishonest people out there who want to take your money. Persons receiving a call from an officer or enforcement agency can request a face-to-face meeting or tell the caller that they will contact their local detachment or service to continue the conversation. Do not provide your Social Insurance Number, bank account number or other personal information over the phone. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will never request that you pay any outstanding fees via gift cards such as Google Play cards.
Grenville County OPP is committed to serving our province by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety.
If you have shared personal information or banking details with scammers, contact your financial institution immediately to place alerts on your account. If you have been defrauded, report it to the police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. For further information or to report a fraud online, visit: www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/
OPP OFFICERS SAVE OVER 200 LIVES BY ADMINISTERING NALOXONE
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has saved 210 lives by administering naloxone since frontline officers were equipped in September 2017. The opioid crisis continues to affect people from communities across Ontario, which is evident from the continued increase in opioid-related overdoses as well as the number of occurrences where officers have had to administer naloxone to save a life.
Key statistical information on opioid-related overdoses and naloxone administration from September 2017 to February 2021* includes:
- The majority, 68%, of naloxone recipients were male and 32% were female.
- The average age of naloxone recipients was 34.8 for females and 35.5 for males.
- Most incidences occurred inside a residence.
- The majority of opioid-related overdoses occurred in OPP’s Central and West Regions.
- There was a 38% increase in overdose occurrences attended by the OPP from 2019 to 2020.
The OPP continues to provide victims with referrals to community specific resources and advising the public about harmful substances. See www.opp.ca/opioids for more information. Additional details as well as an officer’s experience with administering naloxone can be found at www.opp.ca/news.
The OPP has created a framework to support those individuals suffering from substance use disorder, while holding drug traffickers who cause these overdoses accountable. Since 2016, the OPP has investigated 23 occurrences where charges have been laid for Manslaughter and/or Criminal Negligence Causing Death in relation to fatal overdoses.
“People from every age group and every socioeconomic background continue to be affected by opioids in Ontario. Since 2017, the OPP has saved more than 200 lives by administering naloxone. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act can protect you – if you see an overdose, please call 9-1-1. You can help save a life too.” – Commissioner Thomas Carrique, Ontario Provincial Police
“At the core of our response to the opioid crisis is the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act. If you witness someone experiencing an overdose, please dial 9-1-1 and if you can, stay with the victim to provide support. You could make a difference and save a life.” –
Superintendent Bryan MacKillop, Director, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Ontario Provincial Police
*These numbers are a reflection of the OPP Niche Records Management database only, as of February 3, 2021.