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Beware of scam emails

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TOWN OF PENETANGUISHENE, ON – The Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to warn the public of a reported increase of fraudulent emails being received by the residents of Penetanguishene.  

Most ‘fishing’ (phishing) happens by e-mail because the process is simple and effective. Fraudsters send out e-mail lures to ‘fish’ for passwords or financial data. Phishing is a common on line scam designed to trick you into disclosing your personal or financial information for the purpose of financial fraud or identity theft.

The e-mails sometimes make it look like there is a problem or suspicious activity concerning your account. The goal of the fraudsters is to get you to take action right away by clicking a link. By clicking on any link or message you could be instantly providing your personal and or financial information to a fraudster.

These fraudulent e-mails from the bank institutions look very legitimate but it fact they are not. Always look very closely at the details of the e-mail and check with your bank or a trusted friend or family member before responding to any e-mail

Problems like identity theft are becoming more prevalent, now more than ever, residents need to be more vigilant and ensure that they are secure and protect their personal information.

Fraud - recognize it... report it... stop it... 

If you or someone you know suspect they’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your local police service, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or online at

Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities.Officers value your contribution to building safe communities. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please visit Crime Stoppers at: or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)