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CK police briefs - Thursday, September 21, 2023

CK police issue another warning about CRA phone scam

Chatham-Kent police are putting out another warning to the public about a phone-based scam that continues to make the rounds.

CK police said they were called to an address in Chatham at around 1 p.m. Wednesday for a fraud complaint and learned that the complainant had received a phone call from someone who identified themselves as an employee of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Police said the person had advised the complainant that their name was associated with some fraudulent transactions and that in order to have their name removed, they would need to buy a $3,500 in gift cards, which would then be returned within 48 hours.

Investigators said the caller further threatened that if the victim did not follow the instructions, a warrant would be issued for their arrest.

Police said the victim of the fraud incident was advised that the scammer who called them won't likely be identified because of anonymizing tools and phone number spoofing technology.

Officers said they are getting similar reports of suspicious phone calls from people in the area and they are warning that "scammers may use threatening language to scare you into making payments."

Police are also reminding the public that personal or financial information should never be given out over the phone -- especially if you didn't initiate the call.

You can find more tips about how to protect yourself against fraud by clicking here.


Man kicked out by his parents found sleeping in the basement

A 40-year-old Dresden man got a ticket for trespassing for allegedly breaking into a home he had been kicked out of the night before.

Chatham-Kent police said they were called to the home just outside of Dresden at around 10 a.m. Wednesday for a report of an "unwanted person."

Officers said they learned a man who was in the home had been kicked out Tuesday night after he allegedly started a "disturbance" with his parents while he was intoxicated.

Police said when the man was removed from the home, he was told that he was no longer welcome there and not to come back.

Despite that, police said when they arrived at the same residence on Wednesday, they found that the complainant's door to the attached garage was missing and that an interior door to the home had been forced open.

Police also allegedly found the man who was kicked out the night before sleeping in the basement.

Officers removed him from the property and issued him a Provincial Offence Notice for trespassing.


Chatham man arrested for criminal harassment

A 25-year-old Chatham man is charged with criminal harassment after he wouldn't take no for an answer.

Police said they got involved just before 7 p.m. Wednesday after getting a call about a harassment complaint in Chatham.

Investigators said they were told the man would regularly drive by the victim's home and workplace and that at the time of the call, the man had allegedly shown up at the victim's parents' home without being invited. The man had also allegedly been told by the victim that she wanted him to stop contacting her.

Police tracked the man down and arrested him.

He was charged with criminal harassment and was later released with conditions and a future court date.


Two drivers stopped for speeding in school zones

Chatham-Kent police are reminding drivers to obey the speed limits and road signs in school zones -- and they handed out a pair of tickets on Wednesday to drive the message home.

Police said an officer who was conducting traffic enforcement in a school zone stopped two vehicles on Wednesday and gave the drivers tickets for speeding.

Officers are reminding drivers to make road safety a priority when they drive, adding that "speed is almost always a significant factor in collisions with serious and fatal injuries."

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