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
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Police Report - October 17 to 23, 2016
service opened 75 files during the past week. The following are some of
At approximately 1:33 a.m., members on patrol came across a white Ford 500
LTD parked on the east side of the Southland Mall. A lone occupant was
observed sleeping in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, and so officers
stopped to check on his well being. The man awoke after several attempts
to get his attention, and was extremely confused when spoken to. He was
placed under arrest under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act. A search
of the vehicle produced a rifle with a scope lying on the passenger seat
along the center console. The rifle was identified as a pellet gun, and
found to be loaded at the time. The rear stock had been sawed off to
shorten the overall length of the weapon. A second weapon, a black Colt
Defender replica handgun was located underneath the front seat and also
found to be a loaded air pistol. Background checks determined the man was
bound by an undertaking dating back to 2014, with conditions to abstain
from alcohol and other intoxicating substances, to abstain from possessing
a firearm, and to keep the peace and be of good behaviour. The 34 year
old resident of Winkler was released on a Promise to Appear in Morden
court to face three charges of breaching an undertaking.
custodian for the Winkler Elementary school called to report damage to a
bench and also to the steps on the play structure. Suspects have not been
developed in this matter.
At approximately 1:02 a.m., a resident of Willow Drive called to report a
single vehicle accident had just occurred in front of his home. He went
on to say that a Honda Civic had just struck a parked car and the young
male driver was still on scene. Officers arrived at the scene within
minutes and were immediately approached by a young male who stumbled
forward and identified himself as the driver. He handed officers a
homemade drug bong containing burnt marihuana residue. Officers observed
that the young man was unsteady on his feet, mumbled when he spoke and
smelled heavily of freshly burnt marihuana. As a result he was arrested
for Impaired Driving and Possession of a Controlled Substance. More drug
evidence was located upon the search of his person and also from his
vehicle. The young man stated he was not injured and did not require
medical attention. Both vehicles were deemed inoperable and towed from
the scene. The 18 year old resident of Winkler was released on a Promise
to Appear for a December 13th court appearance in Morden. Officers then
provided him with a ride home where he was turned over to a sober adult.
As history would have it, the accused was given a formal police caution
just nine days previous for marihuana possession.
A resident of Alder Street reported her vehicle vandalized during the
night after finding a deep scratch spanning the length of a quarter
A resident of Pembina Avenue East reported his truck rummaged through and
also that the culprit had cut the seat in several places. There are no
suspects in either one of the last two incidents.
At approximately 8:42 p.m., officers received a call from a motorist
reporting a suspected impaired driver. The caller, who stayed on the line
while following the suspect, observed it driving all over the road until
officers intercepted it. Officers followed the suspect vehicle for a
short distance and determined that the vehicle registration had expired.
The vehicle was stopped and both occupants charged under the Highway
Traffic Act. The driver, a 16 year old female, initially lied about her
name and date of birth hoping to avoid being charged for driving without a
licence. She was charged for making a false statement, and for driving
without a licence. The passenger and owner of the vehicle was charged in
relation to the vehicle being operated while unregistered. The vehicle
was towed and impounded.
approximately 8:46 p.m., officers received a call from a male who
requested assistance at his home to deal with a dispute between himself
and his wife. The investigation determined that an argument ensued after
the caller’s common-law spouse uncovered evidence on his phone that he was
researching how to obtain sole custody of their two small children. The
argument turned into a physical fight for possession of the phone
resulting in minor injuries to both. Both were arrested and charged for
spousal assault. Each was released on an undertaking to have no contact or
communication with the other.
this week, thefts from unlocked vehicles were reported on Red Robin Lane,
Albert Street and Southview Drive.
were also received for noise complaints, suspicious persons and harassing