Crime Prevention Ottawa Warning

Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) is warning Ottawa residents to be on guard against criminals who are trying to benefit from the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in three emerging areas:

  1. Cybercrime – This includes hacking, phishing attacks and fraud (such as criminals who pose as hospital officials, claiming a relative has contracted the virus and demanding payments for medical treatment).
  2. Selling fake coronavirus prevention or cures
  3. Organized property crimes – This includes criminals impersonating medical staff to enter private homes to rob them.

More information on these crimes and how to protect yourself can be found on the CPO website.