Police blotter: Norfolk resident loses $40,000 in cryptocurrency investment scam

A Norfolk County resident is out $40,000 after taking part in a deceptive cryptocurrency investment scam.

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Police began a fraud investigation late Friday morning, March 29 and determined that the victim had responded to an online advertisement promising large returns on an initial investment.

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The victim invested about $40,000 between January and March 2024. When they attempted to access their funds, they realized it was a scam after being told they were required to pay more money to get back their original investment.

Police say frauds and scams – a multi-million-dollar enterprise — are a daily occurrence through letters, faxes, phone calls, and online platforms and will only stop when the criminals stop profiteering.

To avoid becoming a victim of fraud, citizens should research and verify the legitimacy of companies and the investment opportunities being offered.

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Investments promising high returns with little risk are a sign of a potential scam and people should also avoid sharing sensitive, personal information with unfamiliar parties.

Woman faces impaired charge
A 32-year-old Norfolk County woman has been charged with impaired driving.
The vehicle was stopped at a RIDE program checkpoint on Main Street in Delhi at about 4 pm on Sunday, March 31.
After assessing her sobriety, the driver was taken into custody and charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, and failing to properly wear a seatbelt.

Vehicle damaged, man charged
A 37-year-old Haldimand County man has been charged with mischief under $5,000, fail to comply with a probation order, and fail to comply with release order – other to wait court.
Norfolk OPP were called to investigate property damage at a Queensway East, Simcoe address.
A vehicle parked on the property was damaged between 4 pm and 6 pm on that day, and officers later located and arrested the individual at a Third Avenue, Simcoe address.

Mischief charges in Simcoe

A 22-year-old Norfolk County resident has been charged after a report of mischief in progress on Colborne St. South in Simcoe.
Police responded at about 5:46 pm on Monday, April 1 and found that someone had caused damage to a nearby business and had thrown debris onto the road causing a hazard to motorists.
Officers located and arrested the accused, who has been charged with three counts of mischief – destroys or damages property, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

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