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Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) say COVID-19 related scams are ploys to extort money and personal information from fearful, trusting victims.

As COVID-19 continues to spread across Ontario and Canada, fraudsters are taking advantage of citizens’ fear during uncertain times. Fraudsters are exploiting this pandemic to facilitate fraud through cybercrime and any other means to obtain your information.

Police are seeing various scenarios but most are the typical urgency and time sensitive circumstances that criminals place on individuals in order to receive personal and financial information. Many of the reports have a medically related theme in order to instantly set further anxiety in order to gain information. From spoofed government, healthcare or research companies to unsolicited calls, emails and texts giving medical advice or requesting urgent personal information, scammers are looking at gaining information about you during these times.

According to information received by the CAFC, some of the more popular scams are:

– Cleaning or heating companies
– offering duct cleaning services or air filters to protect from COVID-19
– Local and provincial hydro/electrical power companies
– threatening to disconnect your power for non-payment
– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization
– offering fake lists for sale of COVID-19 infected people in your neighbourhood
– Public Health Agency of Canada
– giving false results saying you have been tested positive for COVID-19
– tricking you into confirming your health card and credit card numbers for a prescription
– Red Cross and other known charities
– offering free medical products (e.g. masks) for a donation
– Government departments
– sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails
– tricking you into opening malicious attachments
– tricking you to reveal sensitive personal and financial details
– Financial advisors
– pressuring people to invest in hot new stocks related to the disease
– offering financial aid and/or loans to help you get through the shut downs
– Private companies
– offering fast COVID-19 tests for sale
– Only health care providers can perform the tests
– No other tests are genuine or guaranteed to provide accurate results
– selling fraudulent products that claim to treat or prevent the disease
– Unapproved drugs threaten public health and violate federal laws


If you were using your computer when you were scammed, it’s possible a virus or malicious software was installed on your computer. Run a full system check using reliable security software. If you do not have security software such as virus scanners and a firewall installed on your computer, a trusted computer professional can help you choose what you need. Scammers may have also gained access to your online passwords or other personal information. Change these using a secure computer. If you paid someone by credit card or through an electronic funds transfer, contact your financial institution or credit card company immediately. They may be able to stop or reverse the transaction.

Learn more from trusted resources and advice

– Refer to Government of Canada COVID-19 health, financial and security resources
– Refer to Financial Consumer Agency of Canada COVID-19 information
– Reference the latest health information from these legitimate sources:
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (Public Health Agency of Canada)
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak (World Health Organization)
– Contact your insurance provider to answer any health insurance benefits questions

If you or someone you know suspect they’ve been a victim of a COVID 19 related scam or any other scam, contact your local police service. You can file a complaint through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website or by phone at 1-888-495-8501.

Recognize, Reject and Report Fraud


*(OXFORD COUNTY, ON)* – The Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
wants to remind citizens of the different ways to report information.

9-1-1 is for when the safety of people or property is at risk and require
immediate assistance such as a fire, a crime in progress, or a medical
emergency. It should be noted that a motorist can call 9-1-1 from a
hand-held device while driving, if there is an emergency situation or to
report a suspected impaired driver.

Reports can also be made online, regardless of value, where there is no
evidence at the scene or no suspects. The user can log into to see a complete list of eligible occurrences and
choose their location to begin the report. This will take the user to a
secure link where they will be given precise instructions on how to fill
out the report.

Anyone with information about any ongoing investigation, or has a
non-emergent matter to report, can contact the Oxford County OPP at
1-888-310-1122 or *OPP (*677) on a cell phone.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at
1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or submit an online tip at

where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.


Please call 9-1-1 for emergencies and for non- emergencies call:
Administration branch – OPP communications Centre – 1 888 310 1122 (non self reporting calls)
Mutual street – 519-485-6554
Office hours Monday- Friday 8:30-4:30
Click here for the Self Serve OPP Reporting System

Effective Feb 2003 the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began policing the Town of Ingersoll.

Click here to download the 2017-2019 Action Plan


Every municipality in Ontario that contracts with the OPP or that has a municipal police force must have a civilian police service board.  Police services boards are independent bodies established by provincial legislation called the Police Services Act.  The boards represent community interests and are accountable to the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services, and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission.


The current Ingersoll Police Services Board continues to represent community interests in policing.  The Board’s specific responsibilities are now governed by Section 10 of the Police Services Act.

Please click here for more information on Section 10 boards.


With OPP policing the Board’s role under Section 10 is to:

  • Participate in the selection of the Detachment Commander of the Ingersoll Detachment;
  • Generally determine objectives and priorities for police services, after consultation with the Detachment Commander;
  • Establish, after consultation with the Detachment Commander, any local policies with respect to police services (but the board shall not establish provincial policies of the OPP with respect to police services);
  • Monitor the performance of the Detachment Commander;
  • Receive regular reports from the Detachment Commander; and
  • Review the Detachment Commander’s administration of the complaints system under Part V (PSA), and receive regular reports from the Detachment Commander on his or her administration of the complaints system.


Citizens may wish to contact the Board to bring forward concerns about crime prevention and public safety within our community.  For inquiries, please contact:

Email: [email protected]

Mail to 130 Oxford Street 2ndfloor, Ingersoll ON N5C 2V5 attention Police Service board Secretary

or fax to 519 485 3543 attention Police Service Board Secretary


The Ingersoll Police Services Board has five (5) members: two members of Town Council, two citizens appointed by the province as community representatives, and one citizen appointed by Town Council as a community representative.

To be considered for membership by appointment by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, please see the Police Services Board Vacancy Information Sheet


The council members and the citizen appointed by council serve for the duration of the Council term.  The provincial appointees serve up to three-year terms, which expire at various times. At the first meeting each year, the Board appoints a Chairperson for that year.

  • Chair Mhairi Kersel, Provincial appointee
  • Vice Chair Darell Parker, Provincial appointee
  • Mayor Ted Comiskey, Council appointee
  • Rick Eus, Council appointee
  • Sam Horton, citizen appointee


The Board currently meets 10Xs per year or at the call of the Chair in J.C. Herbert room in the Town of Ingersoll Municipal Office.  Citizens are welcome to attend meetings.  Please check the Town’s website calendar for dates.  Agendas and minutes are posted below.

Meeting DateMeetingAgendaMinutes
16/09/2019Ingersoll Police Service BoardAgendaMinutes
23/07/2019Ingersoll Police Service BoardAgendaMinutes
25/06/2019Ingersoll Police Service BoardAgendaMinutes
28/05/2019Ingersoll Police Service BoardAgendaMinutes
30/04/2019Ingersoll Police Service BoardAgendaMinutes
26/03/2019Ingersoll Police Service BoardAgendaMinutes
05/03/2019Ingersoll Police Service BoardAgendaMinutes
30/01/2019Ingersoll Police Service BoardAgendaMinutes
29/10/2019Ingersoll Police Service BoardAgendaMinutes
25/11/2019Ingersoll Police ServiceAgendaMinutes
27/01/2020Police Service board meetingAgendaMinutes
24/02/2020Ingersoll Police serviceAgendaMinutes
25/05/2020Ingersoll Police Service BoardAgendaMinutes
22/06/2020Ingersoll Police Service BoardAgendaMinutes
07/05/2020Ingersoll Police Service board meetingAgendaMinutes
27/07/2020Ingersoll Police Service BoardAgenda


How does it work?

Crime Stoppers encourages people to call with information to solve crimes already committed, crimes about to occur or wanted persons.

How do people use the program?

If you have any information on any crime, you are requested to call Crime Stoppers at 421-TIPS(8477). Callers our of the Woodstock or Ingersoll area may call toll free at 1(800)-222-TIPS(8477). Crime Stoppers callers never have to identify themselves or give evidence in court and are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.

Crime Stoppers is NOT a police program, but is run by a board of directors made up of a group of concerned citizens within the county. Crime Stoppers is one of forty programs across Ontario, and on of a hundred across Canada and one of nearly one thousand world wide!


Email [email protected]
Website shows crimes of the week at


Download Police Services Board Report June 2020

Download Police Services Board Report May 2020

Download Police Services Board Report April 2020

Download Police Services  Board Report March 2020

Download Police Services Board Report February 2020

Download Police Services Board Report January 2020

REPORTS 2018-19

Download Police Services Board Report December 2019

Download Police Services Board Report Nov. 2019

Download Police Services Board October 2019 Report

Download Ingersoll Police Service Board September 2019 Report

Download Ingersoll Police Service Board July 2019 Report

Download Ingersoll Police Service Board June 2019 Report

Download Ingersoll Police Service Board May 2019 Report

Download Ingersoll Police Service Board April 2019 Reports

Download Ingersoll Police Service Board March 2019 Report

Download Ingersoll Police Service Board February 2019 Report

Download Ingersoll Police Service Board January 2019 Report

Download Ingersoll Police Service Board December 2018 Report

Download Ingersoll Police Service Board November 2018 Report