A couple of fraud complaints in today's report from the West Nipissing police.
On March 7, a young man from Verner reported to police that he had been the victim of identity fraud. Someone had managed to divert his mail to a city in southern Ontario. In addition, the culprits used the victim’s information to apply for various credit cards in his name. The victim contacted the credit bureau to halt further access to his information.
That same day, a West Nipissing couple went to the police station to report that they had been the victim of a fraud. They had received correspondence through the mail informing them that they were winners of a Reader’s Digest Lottery.
The couple were sent two cheques and instructed to send the cash amounts to an address across the country. When the fraudsters demanded further money, the victims realized the correspondence was fraudulent.
On March 4, the theft of a purse at the West Nipissing General Hospital had been reported. As a result of further investigation, police have charged a Sturgeon Falls woman, Wendy Linklater, 33, with:
- Theft Under,
- Breach of Probation and
- Resisting Arrest.
The purse was recovered by police.