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Local Man Arrested in Connection With Alleged Social Media Scam

Wednesday, December 01,2021

Acting Assistant Commissioner Nicholas Pedro – The Financial Crime Unit has arrested a 35-year-old man, as a result of an alleged fraudulent investment scheme operated over a well-known social media site.  The local man, who cannot be named was arrested earlier today, following allegations from several complainants, who stated that they had been approached via an Instagram account, asking for “investment of $1,000 to be converted into $10,000 within ten minutes.” Detective Chief Inspector Sherwin Joseph who heads up the Specialist Investigations Department stated: “We continue to see an uptick in cyber frauds and we are asking the community to remain vigilant. Be suspicious, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Avoid online communication with unknown persons. Do not give out your personal banking information online. If your social media accounts have been compromised, alert your friends and family as soon as possible because your compromised accounts can be used to aid in defrauding them.” If you think you may have fallen victim to this scheme, or other similar schemes, please contact Detective Inspector Paul Ridley at 247-1375, or call 211 & report same.



Man Shot & Injured in North Hamilton: Investigation Underway

Monday, November 29,2021

A 27-year-old-man is currently warded at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, (KEMH), receiving attention for gunshot wounds sustained in an early morning shooting incident. About 1:15 am today, Monday 29th November, 2021, police responded to a report of gunshots heard in the area of Dundonald Street and Court Street, Pembroke. Initial investigations revealed that a firearm had been discharged and the scene was forensically processed. A short time later, a 27-year-old man attended KEMH for treatment of a gunshot injury, which is not considered to be life threatening. It is now confirmed the two incidents are connected. Detective Chief Inspector, Peter Stableford of the Bermuda Police Service, Serious Crime Unit, said, “If you were in the Court Street area around the time of this incident, or you may have information about it, we are appealing for you to please get in contact with us. Whomever is responsible, had to get ready somewhere and you could have information vital to the investigation. We are particularly interested in speaking with anyone who would have seen two persons on a motorcycle who rode along Dundonald Street around 1:15 this morning. We urge anyone out driving a vehicle with a dashboard camera or who lives in the area and may have CCTV recordings, to check their footage from between 1:00 am and 1:30 am today. Please contact the Serious Crime Unit on 247-1739, 211 or the confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477.”



Advisory Regarding Recent Phone Scam

Wednesday, November 24,2021

The Bermuda Police Service Crime Unit and the 211 call centre, have recently been receiving numerous reports from seniors, who say they are being contacted via phone by an individual identifying themselves as a representative of One Communications Limited and requesting personal information.  Acting Detective Inspector, Clifford Roberts, of the Criminal Investigation Unit Specialist Investigations Crime Division, explained, “The senior is then asked to sign into their electronic device (laptop, iPad) allowing the caller access to conduct a supposed virus security check. Once the unsuspecting senior does so, the scammer is able to gain access to the victim’s personal information, including their banking information; eventually transferring monies from the victim’s bank account to an overseas account. In one instance, tens of thousands of dollars.”  Should you be contacted by someone claiming to be from One Communications suggesting your electronic device may have been compromised by a virus and they are calling to assist with the problem, you are advised to immediately end the conversation.  Do not provide your personal information. If possible, record the caller’s number and immediately report it to police by calling, 211 or make a report online.



Man Shot & Injured on Court Street: Investigation Underway

Sunday, November 21,2021

Shortly before midnight on Saturday 20th, November 2021, police responded to a report of gunshots heard in the area of Jamaican Grill on Court Street in Pembroke. Initial investigations revealed that a firearm had been discharged in the area and the scene was forensically processed. A short time later, a 30 year old man with a gunshot wound was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for treatment of his injuries, which are not considered to be life threatening. He was treated then later discharged. It is confirmed that the two incidents are connected. The Bermuda Police Service would like to encourage anyone who may have been in the Court Street area at the time of the incident, drove through the area with a dash camera between 11:30 pm Saturday and 12:30 am Sunday or anyone who may have information about this incident, to get in touch. Please contact Acting Inspector Jason Smith on 211 or 717-0864 or the confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477.



Operation Crux: Two Arrested Regarding Illegally Sold Pharmaceuticals

Saturday, November 20,2021

Police today conducted a joint operation dubbed, “Operation CRUX”. The exercise included members of the police Drugs Unit, Police Support Unit, and Pharmacy Inspectors attached to the Ministry of Health. Two persons have been arrested and a quantity of “APETAMIN”, in both liquid and tablet form was seized after police executed search warrants at two business places in the City of Hamilton. Several products containing CBD were also seized. APETAMIN contains Cyproheptadine, which is banned in several countries, and has numerous harmful side effects, including dizziness, tremors, blurred vision and liver failure. Detective Chief Inspector, Sherwin Joseph, of the Specialist Investigation Department stated “Cyproheptadine is listed in Schedule 3, and Part II of Schedule 4 of the Pharmacy and Poisons and Act 1979. It can only be sold or be kept for sale, by a licensed pharmacist. Business owners should make themselves very familiar with the contents of the Pharmacy and Poisons Act 1979, which is designed to protect the health and well-being of the public. They can also consult with the Pharmacy Inspector’s office, to ensure that their business operations are in compliance with the act. Mr. Joseph commended Detective Inspector (Ag), Nidol Barker and his Drug Unit, for their work in conjunction with the Pharmacy Inspectors, to prevent uncontrolled access to these items which pose a serious health risk to individuals. No further information on the investigation will be provided at this time.



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