Do you REALLY know who
you are sending money to?
Five of the most common scams:
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.
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.
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
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
www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or toll free at
believe you may be the victim of fraud, or have given personal or
financial information unwittingly, please contact your local police
information and tips, etc, find us on Facebook at Winkler Police Service and @winklerpolice
May 11, 2016
2016, at 12:30 a.m. the Winkler Police Service and the Regional Support Tactical Team
executed a search warrant at
Street in Winkler, seizing drugs, cash, several cell phones, electronic
storage devices and other drug paraphernalia as it pertains to drug
trafficking. Several persons were arrested and detained inside the
residence at the time. Two men have been arrested and charged.
seized included Crystal Methamphetamine, Marihuana, and various
prescription pills unsupported by prescriptions.
Raymond Reimer, age 30 of Winkler is charged under the Controlled Drugs
and Substances Act for:
for the purpose of trafficking Methamphetamine, a Schedule I substance
Possession for the purpose of trafficking Marihuana, a Schedule II
Possession for the purpose of trafficking Hyromorphone, a Schedule I
Trafficking Methamphetamine, a Schedule I substance
the Criminal Code for:
Possession of Goods Obtained by Crime (cash)
Breach of Probation x2
Kehler, age 20, of Winkler is charged under the Controlled Drugs and
Substances Act for:
of Methamphetamine, a Schedule I substance
Possession of Marihuana, a Schedule II substance
the Criminal Code for:
Breach of Probation
have been remanded into custody at the Winnipeg Remand Center to await a
court date in
on May 12th, 2016.
Police Report - May 2 to 8, 2016
service opened 72 files during the past week. The following are some of
Our office received a report of theft after two black ceramic vases were
stolen from the
Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In order to steal the vases they had to be
unscrewed from the base of the headstone. They are valued at
approximately $100.00 each. We currently have no suspects.
office received a warrant for the arrest of Pamela Anne Racette of Bacon
Ridge Manitoba after she failed to appear in court on a charge of theft
-Significant property damage was reported by Winkler recreation staff. The
damage was contained to the inside of the concession building washrooms in
the Parkland Park. Cost to repair the damage is not yet known.
What appears to be another random act of mischief to a vehicle was
reported by a resident of North Railway Avenue. The vehicle was parked in
it’s usual place overnight, and in the morning was found with graffiti
sprayed across both of the driver side doors.
traveling behind a vehicle on Mountain Avenue at approximately 7:00 p.m., officers queried it’s licence plate number on the Mobile Data
Terminal. Officers recognized the name of the registered owner as one who
was recently convicted for impaired driving and placed on a court imposed
driving prohibition. The vehicle was stopped for further investigation at
which time the suspect was confirmed to be driving. The 20 year old male
was arrested for driving while prohibited and searched. The search
produced 1.22 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine. Further checks determined
that the man was bound by a Probation Order dating back to June of 2015,
ordering him to abstain from possessing non-prescription drugs. The man
now faces charges of Driving While Disqualified, Breaching Probation and
Possessing a Controlled Substance. He was released on a Promise to Appear
with an undertaking for a court date in June.
Officers attended the Superstore on request to deal with three female
youth caught shoplifting. One of the girls stole a pair of sunglasses
valued at $25.00. The other two observed and took no action to stop the
theft. The youth who stole the item was released on a signed Youth
Caution, while the other two received verbal cautions.
A resident of Durum Crescent reported a break and enter to their home
between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on May 5th. Reported stolen from the home is a 32” Sony television.
Residents of the home have already checked with friends and family to
ensure no one borrowed the item.
following a vehicle southbound on Main Street, officers noted the rear
licence plate partially obscured by what appeared to be a patch of dark
colored fur. A traffic stop was conducted on that vehicle for further
investigation when the woman driving, advised officers the fur on the
licence plate was meant as a joke for her friends. While speaking with
driver, officers detected an odour of alcohol on her breath. The driver
reluctantly agreed to provide a sample of breath into the roadside
screening device, and cooperated poorly with the officer’s demand to
provide a proper sample. A sample was eventually produced resulting in a
“fail” reading. A demand was then made to the woman to provide breath
samples into a breathalyzer instrument to determine an exact blood alcohol
level. She agreed but again cooperated poorly and in the end did not
complete the breath tests. The woman, age 47, of Winkler has been charged
with Driving While Impaired and Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample. She
was released on a Promise to Appear with an undertaking.
A motorist, who was nearly struck head on by another vehicle on a parking
lot, reported the incident, stating he had followed the vehicle to a
stopped location, and observed it jump two curbs as it left the parking
lot. Officers attended to that location where the caller identified the
driver of the car, now standing outside of the vehicle with three other
people. The driver, a 20 year old male from Sifton Manitoba, was
interviewed by officers who by their observations formed the opinion the
man was impaired by alcohol. The investigation concluded with charges of
Impaired Driving and Driving over .08 after the man provided breath
samples of 180 mg/% or .18. His vehicle was seized and impounded for 60
days as per legislation. He was released on a Promise to Appear with an
Undertaking, and is scheduled for a court appearance in Morden on June
14th. One of the passengers, an 18 year old male from Winnipegosis, was
found to be prohibited from consuming alcohol as per the condition of an
undertaking, and charged with one count of Breaching an Undertaking.
Two reports were received this week of vehicles that were rummaged through
while parked on private drives. In one case approximately ten dollars in
change was stolen, and from the other vehicle a quantity of cash was
stolen from a wallet which was left behind, and .22 caliber rifle. The
stolen rifle was recovered within hours after a resident reported finding
numerous items stashed behind his shed which didn’t belong to him. The
vehicle in the latter incident was reportedly locked however there were no
signs of forced entry into it. The incident is under investigation.