On January 9th, a citizen attended the LaSalle Police Service to speak to an officer with regards to suspicious on-line activity. The reporting person received an e-mail from what appeared to be his brother-in-law however, upon further investigation, the officer discovered the true e-mail address was not that of his brother-in-law. The e-mail threatened to release compromising information and in order to prevent this, they requested an amount of money paid by Bitcoin. The e-mail was determined to be fraudulent and the culprits made an attempt to extort money or Bitcoin from the reporting person. There was no financial loss in this matter. If the e-mail appears to be threatening or demanding and from an unknown source, do not open the e-mail or click any links as it may be a scam. If you believe the message to be fraudulent, often times you may simply delete it.
You can also report the matter to the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm. If you believe that you may be the victim of a crime, you can contact the LaSalle Police Service at 519-969-5210 or may file an on-line report at https://www.lasallepolice.ca/report-incident/ . This reporting system is not monitored 24/7 so for more urgent matters, please call the LaSalle Police Service immediately.