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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Job Scam Alert

Looking for work and posting your resume online? Be aware of job scams. Recently, a North Bay resident looking for work posted her resume on an employment website that matches job seekers with job advertisers. An employer, who she didn’t know at the time was a scammer, replied to her post and offered her work to clean a home in North Bay.

Before ever meeting the employer or starting work, the victim was told that if she wanted the job she had to first give the fraudster her personal information, including her banking details, which she did.

The scammer then sent her a $2,500 cheque as an advance payment and instructed the victim to deposit it into her account, which she did. The scammer then asked the victim to send a “security deposit” of over $900 to New Mexico through a money transfer service. After she did this, the victim discovered that the original $2,500 cheque she had deposited was counterfeit and that her bank cancelled it. It was at this point that the victim contacted the North Bay Police Service to report the fraud.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of these types of international scams, there is very little that law enforcement agencies can do to track down these culprits, who use fake names, generic email addresses, postal box addresses, and money transfer services to conduct their fraudulent activities. The victim lost her “security deposit” money and faced having to pay bank fees associated with her deposit of the counterfeit cheque.

Man faces several charges following incident in family home

Early this morning, following an investigation into a 9-1-1 call reporting a violent incident that took place in a Callander residence, North Bay Police arrested and charged:

A 20-year-old Callander man with:
One count of uttering threats to cause death;
One count of mischief under $5,000;
One count of forcible confinement;
One count of assault;
One count of assault with intent to resist arrest;
One count of possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm;
One count of careless use of a firearm; and
One count of breach of probation.

It is alleged that during the evening of Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, while the accused was at home, he threatened and assaulted a family member and prevented her from leaving the premises. He is also accused of damaging a household object.

Once police arrived at the residence and announced to the accused that he was under arrest, he resisted arrest by attempting to assault police. Following a search after the arrest, police seized as evidence a flare gun that had been loaded with a 12-gauge shotgun shell.

In the interest of protecting the identity of the victim, who was not physically injured as a result of this incident, the North Bay Police Service will not be releasing the name of the accused, who was held in custody pending a bail hearing.