- The “grandchild ‘send money I’m in trouble or hurt’” scam
- “The Canada Revenue Agency (aka) you owe money to government or business and we’ll hurt you if you don’t pay” scam
- The sweetheart scam
Many of these fraudsters contact their potential victims over the phone of through the internet. They often take advantage of victim’s caring nature and willingness to help, or their goodness. The Canada Revenue Agency scam calls are particularly aggressive, resulting in several people attending police departments across the country to turn themselves in for charges which are entirely false.
When a fraud does occur, the perpetrators often reside in another country or even continent, which makes investigation and the laying of charges very difficult. Additionally, many who fall prey to fraudsters do not report their loss, out of a sense of embarrassment for having fallen victim.
The greatest weapon we all have to combat fraud is knowledge. If you are unsure, call police at (250) 995-7654.
VicPD is helping you fight fraud – particularly that which targets the older members of our community.
In consultation with experts in elder care, we have created a Fraud Prevention Handbill specifically designed for seniors and those who are suffering from memory loss. We encourage you have them available in your facility or to place them near a telephone or computer. Please feel free to print one out if you are unable to get one of ours. VicPD Volunteers and Reserve Members will be handing out fraud cards at community events. VicPD Reserve Members are also available to give fraud prevention talks – free of charge.
What to do if you think you may have fallen victim to fraud
Please call our non-emergency line and report what’s happened. Many people don’t report it when they discover they’ve been a victim of fraud. Often, it is because they feel ashamed; they feel as though they should have known better. For those who have fallen victim to an online romance fraud, the emotional trauma and sense of betrayal is even greater. There is no shame in falling victim to a fraud. Fraudsters are experts at manipulating the best parts of people to for their own personal gain. While many frauds originate outside of Canada and thus are particularly difficult to investigate and to bring charges against their perpetrators by reporting the fraud to our financial crimes section, you are fighting back. You are fighting back by helping keep others from also falling victim to fraud and you are giving VicPD the most important tool to help bring it to an end – you are bringing your knowledge of what happened.
If you think you may have fallen victim to fraud, please call us at (250) 995-7654.
More Fraud Resources
BC Securities Commission (Investment Fraud)
National Investment Fraud Vulnerability Reports
It’s frustrating for riders who often stand to lose hundreds or even thousands of dollars’ worth of their property. And, in communities as bike-friendly as Victoria and Esquimalt, the theft of someone’s bike is often the theft of that person’s prime mode of transportation.
That’s why we launched the new VicPD Bike Registry to help combat bike theft in the capital region – and why hundreds of bikes have been registered since the registry was launched in July 2015.
The VicPD Bike Registry helps officers reunite found or seized bikes with their rightful owners. For example, from January to June 2015, we received 335 reports of stolen bikes and have, so far, returned 120 of them to their rightful owners. We’ve also found 180 bikes that were not reported missing to us. Of these, we’ve been able to return about a quarter of them.
How to register your bike
Registering your bike takes a couple of minutes and must be done in person. You simply fill out the form with your contact information, bike serial number and description. You can fill out the form at community events or at VicPD Headquarters at 850 Caledonia Ave or the Esquimalt Public Safety Building. Once your bike is registered, officers will be able to gather all the particulars of your bike when we recover it, and get it back to you.
By registering your bike, you also make it much easier for officers to establish that it is stolen when checking a person riding it without your permission. This will help streamline the process and will help us get your bike back to you so you can get riding again.
Don’t forget to bring the completed forms to HQ
Domestic violence affects women, men children, wives, husbands, fathers, mothers, parents, grandparents, friends, and families. Its impacts can be felt across generations and throughout our entire community. That’s why our dedicated Domestic Violence Unit wanted this web page created: to try to start the conversation about domestic violence. As Det. Sgt Kerrilee Jones says, “domestic violence isn’t just a police problem, it’s an everyone problem.”
Although every officer receives specific training in domestic violence, VicPD has taken it one step further and added a Domestic Violence Officer to every patrol shift. These officers are not only part of the initial response, but are very proactive in reaching out to victims, ensuring safety planning, and referring resources in the community. Our dedicated Domestic Violence Unit is part of our Investigative Services Division in the Behavioral Assessment Management Unit, and they manage all of our Intimate Partner Violence investigations that are reported to our department. Kerrilee and her partner, Det. Cst Lisa Forcier, work extensively with Victims Services, transition houses, and a number of our community partners to ensure victims, children, and offenders receive the support they need.
All local police agencies participate in the Integrated Regional Domestic Violence Unit, which works on files that often cross regional boundaries and deal with our highest risk investigations. Regardless of which team our officers work with , know that they are focused on one main goal – stopping the violence.
If you have concerns about the safety of someone you care about, please call us at (250) 995-7654. If there’s immediate danger, please call 911.