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Tuesday January 26th, 2016

Posted at 2:15pm

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OPP are sending out an alert about another phone scam that occurred in Lakeshore recently.

Police say that the complainant received a telephone call from a male who was described as having an East Indian accent. The complainant initially spoke to a male and was later transferred to a female. The complainant was provided a case number and advised that there was a warrant for her arrest. He also left a phone number (613-946-6059) which returns to the Government of Canada Case Processing Centre in Ottawa for Temporary Resident Visa Applications.

She was advised that she had two options; either attend her local RCMP detachment immediately, or do nothing and get arrested on an Immigration warrant. The complainant advised that she would attend her local detachment and was then told that she needed to do so immediately.

The complainant did not leave her residence as she believed it to be a scam and moments later heard noise coming from her garage as someone was tampering with the garage door. She could hear males speaking in what was described as an East Indian accent. She was able scare the men off and she observed three males leaving in a silver minivan.

Essex County Detachment Commander Inspector Glenn Miller would like to remind the public “Canada Immigration and the police do not operate in this manner. If you suspect that something just isn’t sitting right, take the time to investigate it yourself. If there is an immigration issue, you should have received prior written knowledge about it and not just a cold phone call telling you that you need to respond immediately. If you’re not sure, call police.”

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