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Do you REALLY know who you are sending money to?

Five of the most common scams:

Lottery scam: A caller says you’ve won a large amount of money in a lottery, but claims the funds can only be released by paying a processing fee. If you send it, they’ll keep asking for more money, with repeated excuses about why they can’t release the prize.

Secret Shopper scam: The suspect “hires” you by email to be a secret shopper, then sends a cheque as payment. You’re asked to deposit the cheque and send a portion by wire services. Eventually the cheque comes back as fraudulent, and you’re out cash.

Grandparent scam: A person posing as your grandchild (or an officer or lawyer representing the grandchild) calls and asks you to send money because he or she is in trouble and/or arrested. The caller wants the money sent immediately, so there’s no time to verify the call.

Overpayment scam: You get paid for an item you’re selling online or for an advertised rental unit. The suspect sends a cheque for more than the agreed upon price and asks that you send some money back. When the bank returns the cheque as fraudulent, you’re out of pocket.

Canada Revenue Agency scam: A person claiming to work for the CRA tells you that you’re under investigation and must cooperate or risk prosecution and arrest.  Typically, the caller says the person’s social insurance number will be “flagged” or compromised, then leads you to reveal personal information or even agree to pay some fictitious debt.

If you get such a call, hang up and report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online at or toll free at 1-888-495-8501.

If you believe you may be the victim of fraud, or have given personal or financial information unwittingly, please contact your local police service.

For up-to-date information and tips, etc, find us on Facebook at Winkler Police Service and @winklerpolice on Twitter and Instagram.

Police Report - July 11 to July 17, 2016

Our police service opened 81 files during the past week.  The following are some of those files.

July 14th
At approximately 7:26 p.m., officers responded to a call for assistance at a residence where a  father and husband was causing problems after a two week drinking binge.  The man was found to be extremely intoxicated and removed from the home to prevent a continuance of him breaching the peace.  The affected family was provided with the appropriated advice to seek help.  The man was held until sober the following day and released without charges.

Shortly before 9:00 p.m., officers checked a van on the Winkler Library Parking Lot and noted an odor of fresh marihuana coming from inside the van.  A search of the van produced six grams of marihuana along with marihuana grinder.  A 22 year old occupant of the van claimed ownership to the contraband, and relinquished the item for destruction. The man was given an adult caution for the offence, and advised that a second incident would result in a more severe consequence.

A resident of Roadrunner Bay reported his unlocked vehicle was rummaged through overnight.  Nothing appeared to be missing.

July 16th
2:13 a.m., officers stopped a northbound vehicle on 14th Street South after it entered a reduced speed zone at a high rate of speed. When spoken to, the driver denied drinking despite having an odor of beverage alcohol on his breath.  He subsequently failed a roadside screening test and then recorded breathalyzer readings of one and a half times the legal limit.  The 42 year old Winkler man was released from custody at 8:00 a.m., after being served with a Promise to Appear and an Undertaking. He faces charges of Impaired Driving and Driving over .08.

At 2:37 a.m., a complaint was received from a camper at the Winkler Campground advising of two males who had just broken into a camper.  Officers arrived and learned that two campers were out walking, and had just rounded the corner to a friend’s camper when an unknown male was observed exiting the door. A second male was observed nearby as the lookout.  A description of the suspects was provided to officers, who while responding, encountered one male fitting the description riding his bicycle on Main Street at Mountain Avenue.  He was apprehended without incident, and stated he and his friend had just been mistaken at the Winkler Campground for two guys who had broken into a camper.  By the time officers arrived at the Campground, the second suspect had already been caught by several other campers who gave chase.  Two coolers belonging to the victims were found a short distance from the campground.  Two youths, aged 15 and 17, will face charges in connection with the incident.  Both have been released with conditions to obey a curfew, to have no contact or communication with each other, and not to attend the Winkler Campground.

At 5:55 a.m., officers were called by a resident of Crystal Crescent after he observed a pickup truck being driven recklessly in the back lane area between Crystal Crescent and the railway tracks. After hearing and seeing the truck the caller had gone outside and waved at the truck to stop. The occupants responded by reversing the vehicle towards Park Street where they abandoned the truck and fled on foot. Tire tracks indicated that the truck entered several back yards and gardens adjacent to the back lane area. The investigation determined that the truck was stolen from Parkview Drive, and that it had sustained substantial damage since being stolen.  The incident remains under investigation.

At 8:35 a.m., a report was received from a resident of 7th Street South who advised that a vehicle had caused damage to her front lawn overnight.  A second yard was also found damaged in a similar fashion.

At 9:20 a.m., officers received a report from a resident of 8th Street of a vehicle that had been sideswiped overnight while parked on the Street.

A resident of Orion Lane reported her vehicle broken into overnight, and that a DVD player as well as her purse and wallet were stolen.  The victim has recovered her purse and wallet but is still missing a credit card.

At 11:12 a.m., a resident of an apartment on 6th Street South reported significant damage to her vehicle overnight.  Two doors sustained dents from what would be consistent with a kicking motion. Similar muddy footprints were found on the hood and windshield of the vehicle.  A witness who heard loud banging sounds, looked out shortly thereafter and observed a lone person checking for unlocked car doors.

July 18th
A local man who was led to believe he was dealing with a local area seller, purchased a dog on-line and sent the seller a sum of money including shipping costs.  The “seller” then called demanding an additional sum of money or he would be jailed.  The victim did not send a second payment and realized the deal was not legitimate.

A resident of Sunset Drive reported a quantity of change stolen from his unlocked vehicle overnight from July 16th to 17th. 

In addition to these incidents, we dealt with several small drug seizures, domestic disputes, and by-law complaints.

As can be gleaned from this report, there is a considerable amount of activity occurring during overnight hours in our city.  Please ensure that you have locked your vehicles and buildings for the night.  We also encourage citizens to call us at the time, when observing suspicious activity day or night.