Police Warn of Custody Fraud


Recently the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service has received two complaints regarding frauds associated with someone being held in custody.

In the two complaints victims are contacted by individuals claiming to be loved ones arrested or lawyers of a loved one and requesting money to secure the release of the loved one. During these conversations the fraudster tells the victim there is a gag order on the case and not to tell anyone. The victims in these cases sent thousands of dollars to secure the release of their loved ones.

We want to remind the public that in Canada sums of money are not used to secure the release of someone in custody.

If someone contacts you requesting money while also asking you not to tell anyone, it is a sign that something is not right. If you ever have any concerns about a potential scam or fraudulent activity, please contact police by calling 705-949-6300. Do not share personal information with anyone you do not know over the phone. Remember, you are not obligated to share your information with others. Do not be shy about asking the person on the phone questions about why they are requesting money or personal information.

If you have second thoughts, end the conversation. It is not rude, it is cautious. Protect yourself and your personal information at all times.

The legal system in Canada will not ask for money, gift cards or any other monetary gift in order to perform duties.


  1. How are 80 year old people supposed to get this memo? They don’t have computers, they don’t have the internet & the only thing they do have are tv’s so they can watch the news all night and day… this info should be all over town, on tv, the news should cover a story so that older folks like I mentioned above can get the information they need to keep themselves safe.

  2. I’m sorry to say, but at what point do people have to take personal responsibility for being duped in the first place, it’s not as if phone scams haven’t been around for decades.

  3. Me and my boyfriend got into a car accident not to long ago and on the day of the accident we had contacted only our insurance at that time. We then shortly after were about to go fill out a accident report at the police station, as we received a phone call from “911″ saying that they had a warrant for my boyfriends arrest. They wanted all his information such as his: social insurance number, his full name, his address.

    We did not give any information away, but it was scary that they called as a 911 number on a day we had to already contact the police anyway. Bad timing. But yeah that’s also happening so be aware.

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