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Local Man Arrested in Connection With Alleged Social Media Scam

Wed, 2021-12-01

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.

Reserve Police Welcome Nine New Officers to Voluntary Service

Tue, 2021-11-30

During a recent ceremony held 7pm Wednesday, 17th November 2021 in the Prospect Police Recreation Club hall, the Bermuda Reserve Police (BRP) inducted nine new Reserve Constables into voluntary service.

Acting Commissioner of Police Darrin Simons, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Na’imah Astwood, Chief Inspector Jerome Laws, Inspector Ronald Taylor, Commandant Sandra Beach, Deputy Commandant Ron-Michel Davis, Reserve Inspector Mikkel Harris, Reserve Inspector Shawn Russell and Reserve Sergeant Kennia Jones, as well as BPS Chaplain Dr. Kevin Santucci, were in attendance.

Only a small number of family and friends were also on hand to show their support, ensuring the ceremony complied with relevant COVID-19 protocols.

The new BRP Constables are:

Man Shot & Injured in North Hamilton: Investigation Underway

Mon, 2021-11-29

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.”

Fire at Westover Farm: Public Advised To Stay Away Until Further Notice [Updated]

Thu, 2021-11-25

Around 10:20am today, Thursday 25th November, a fire was reported at Westover Dairy Farm in Sandys parish.

Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service personnel are currently on scene dealing with the blaze, with Bermuda Police Service personnel also in attendance to assist as necessary.

The public is advised to stay away from the property until further notice, while the fire is being brought under control.

A further update from the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service is anticipated in due course.

Update: No one was injured in this morning's fire at Westover Farm. Statement from Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson.

Advisory Regarding Recent Phone Scam

Wed, 2021-11-24

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

Sun, 2021-11-21

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.

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