City, Police Warn About Scams Making The Rounds

Kingston Police and Utilities Kingston are warning you about a phone scam that's making the rounds in our city.

Some customers have been receiving calls from a 1-800 number, with the scammers pretending to be representing the utility, and demanding immediate payment for overdue bills.

You're reminded to not give out personal information to the scammer, collect as much information from them as you can, and report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (1-888-495-8501), or Kingston Police (613-549-4660).

Meanwhile, police are also getting reports about a disturbing scam involving someone posing as a Kingston by-law officer to abduct dogs.

Some residents have reported the ruse, with the perpetrator driving a white van, and claiming to be following up on a barking complaint.

The City stresses that bylaw enforcement officers wear full uniforms, drive in numbered vehicles marked with a city logo, and carry badges and City of Kingston Identification. "If City of Kingston bylaw enforcement officers are responding to complaints of dogs barking we will attend a residence and speak to the owners. We are not there to apprehend the animal. We would never show up at a home and take someone's dog based on a noise complaint," says Lacritia Turner, manager, licensing and enforcement.