North Bay man accused of fraud
Following a complaint received from a local bank, the North Bay Police Service arrested a 29-year old man at his North Bay residence yesterday afternoon and charged him with:
- One count of fraud under $5000;
- One count of identity theft; and
- One count of drawing document without authority.
It is alleged that on January 29th, 2016 and on February 1st, 2016, the accused entered a local bank with his roommate’s debit card, falsely identified himself as the cardholder and withdrew a total of $650 in cash from the account.
The accused was released from custody with a court date scheduled for April 12th, 2016.
March is National Fraud Prevention Month. Spearheaded by the Government of Canada’s Competition Bureau, Fraud Prevention Month encourages Canadians to recognize, reject and report fraud.
Protect yourself against identity fraud
- Avoid sharing your debit or credit card personal identity numbers (PIN) with others.
- Shield your PIN when using debit or credit card machines.
- When making a purchase, keep your card in sight, and make sure that the card returned to you is yours.
- Store all ID cards and other personal information in a safe place. This includes your Social Insurance Number, birth certificate, passport and any other cards or documents that show your personal details.
- Shred all personal documents, including old credit card statements, tax receipts, or other old ID, before recycling them or throwing them out.
- Avoid leaving your personal information or cards in your vehicle or at the office unsupervised.
- Keep your wallet or purse out of reach of other people—in crowds, in shopping malls and while on public transportation.
- If you did not initiate a phone call, don’t give out any personal information or a credit card number over the phone. Instead, get a name and number from the person calling and verify that the number and company are legitimate before calling back.
- When online, make sure the website you are using is secure (look for the lock icon or the “s” in the “https” prefix in the Web address) before transmitting personal information.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) plays a crucial role in educating the public about specific mass marketing fraud pitches and in collecting and disseminating victim evidence, statistics and documentation, all of which are made available to law enforcement agencies. To report fraud, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) toll free at 1-888-495-8501, or visit online at antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.