Mississauga – Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has recently become aware of a group using the SIU’s toll free number to make fraudulent calls. The call appears to be coming from 1-800-787-8529. In some cases, the person is told that there is something wrong with their Social Insurance Number, and that if they don’t continue with the call by pressing ‘1’ or ‘2’, the person will be charged or jailed.
The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must
- consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
- depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
- report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.