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 - July 11 to July 17, 2016
service opened 81 files during the past week. The following are some of
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
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
Bay reported his unlocked vehicle was rummaged through overnight. Nothing
appeared to be missing.
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.
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.
were called by a resident of
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
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.
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.
officers received a report from a resident of 8th Street of a vehicle that
had been sideswiped overnight while parked on the Street.
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.
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.
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.
of Sunset Drive reported a quantity of change stolen from his unlocked
vehicle overnight from July 16th to 17th.
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