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Briefs include three stolen motorcycles in Woodstock in two separate thefts, impaired driver busted on Norwich Ave and job seeker from Paris who was scammed out of $500.

WOODSTOCK - A Norwich Township man has been charged with impaired driving in Woodstock.

Police say they stopped the 25 year old Sunday night in the area of Norwich Ave and Alice Street. Originally police were pulling him over for speeding. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was found to be impaired by alcohol and drugs.

The male will appear in court in September. 

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WOODSTOCK - A 2009 Kawasaki KLX Enduro dirt bike has been stolen from the driveway of a home on Nellis Street in Woodstock. 

The bike is described as being red in colour, had an after marker exhaust with “Big Gun” in bright red lettering. The bike is valued at $4000.00. It was taken sometime over the long weekend. 

The Woodstock Police Service would like to encourage anyone having information about this investigation to contact the Woodstock Police Service at 519-537-2323 or Crime Stoppers 421-TIPS (8477) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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WOODSTOCK - Two motorcycles have been stolen from a home on Sixth Avenue in Woodstock.

The bikes were taken sometime between noon Monday and noon Tuesday. Both motorcycles are described as a 2017 Yamaha R3Z, black with red accents.

The Woodstock Police Service would like to encourage anyone having information about this investigation to contact the Woodstock Police Service at 519-537-2323 or Crime Stoppers 421-TIPS (8477) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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PARIS - OPP are warning the public to be cautious about a new scam targeting job seekers.

Over the weekend a person in Paris applied for an office assistant job online. They thought they were hired after speaking with an unknown person over the phone. As a result, a cheque was sent to the unsuspecting victim with instructions to cash the cheque and then attend a BitCoin machine and forward the funds. The funds were subsequently forwarded when it was later discovered that the cheque was fraudulent. The victim lost $500 in the fraud. 

Signs a job offer is a scam:

- If it sounds too good to be true, it typically is.
- The offered wage is higher or lower than the average wage for that job; check current wages on the Internet.
- You didn't submit your application to their official career website;
- Your online resume is all they required to hire you.
- The job posting isn't on the real company's job page.
- They don't need to meet you in person; most legitimate companies will meet you at least once before hiring you.
- The interview is conducted through Google Hangouts, Telegram App, texting apps (TextFree app, TextNow app), WhatsApp, or no interview at all.
- Emails are sent from free, insecure accounts such as Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail.
- Require you to provide personal information, such as your driver's licence, passport or Social Insurance Number during an interview (this is not needed until later during the background check process).
- You need to supply your credit card or bank account information.
- You need to pay to get the job.
- You are asked to purchase equipment for which you would later be reimbursed by the company. They tell you who to send the money to for the purchase.
You are required to deposit money into your personal bank account and transfer it to unknown persons/companies

If you have been a victim of this fraud, or any other, scammers will continue to contact you because they know it worked before. Take the following steps to protect yourself and cut off any way for them to contact you:

- If possible, change your phone number(s).
- Contact your bank and credit card companies to close the accounts.
- Contact Equifax Canada (1-800-465-7166 or https://www.equifax.com)
- Contact TransUnion Canada (1-800-663-9980 or https://transunion.ca)
- Contact the companies which have requested an unauthorized credit check.
- Report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (1-888-495-8501)
 

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