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 from July 17
– July 23
this week our police service opened 70 files. The following are some of
July 17 –
Shortly after 9:30pm, police received a report from a woman who stated her
boyfriend had assaulted and threatened her. The female provided details of
the assault and threats made by her boyfriend. The female did not want to
charge the male, however she requested police tell him to leave her alone
and not contact her again. Police attended to the male’s apartment and
advised him to leave the female alone or he may be charged with harassment
or stalking. As the complainant declined to press charges, no charges were
laid in this incident.
July 18 –
A resident of 4th Street South reported his wallet stolen
sometime during the night from his vehicle which was parked on his yard.
There was no noted damage to the vehicle.
received a report of vandalism to a vehicle that was parked inside a local
auto body compound for the last three months. Damage consisted of several
scratches on both sides of the vehicle, both tail lights were broken and
it appeared as though there was an attempt to gain access to the trunk of
the vehicle. The vehicle was locked at the time it was dropped off for
July 19 –
Shortly after 3:00am, police observed a vehicle swerving around barrier
posts on a parking lot on Grandeur Avenue. Police stopped the vehicle and
detected the odour of liquor coming from inside the vehicle. Upon further
investigation, police also observed a bottle of beer underneath the
passenger side seat. It was determined that the driver had consumed a
quantity of alcohol, and as such was read the demand to provide a roadside
breath sample. The driver complied which resulted in a Fail reading. He
was placed under arrest and transported to the Winkler Police Station
where he provided further breath samples which resulted in readings of
100mg% and 90mg%. The legal limit is 80mg%. The male driver, age 17, is a
resident of Morden and has been charged with Impaired Driving and Driving
over .08. The driver was also issued tickets for Imprudent Driving and
Carry Liquor in a Vehicle. He was served a Promise to Appear and released
to his mother.
complaint was received from a woman who believes she was the victim of
fraud. The woman attempted to purchase a vehicle online through a company
in Newfoundland. This company was acting on behalf of the owner of the
vehicle who lives in the Unites States. The woman deposited $2500 Canadian
funds into an account at a local bank. Shortly after the transaction the
manager of the bank branch advised her she may be the victim of a scam.
The deposited money has been frozen, but it is unknown at this point if
the victim will be able to recover her money. The investigations unit of
the bank has been notified and is conducting an audit of the situation.
This file is still under investigation.
July 20 –
At approximately 4:20pm, a male reported that his wife had smashed out the
window of their vehicle with a brick. Upon speaking with the male, police
detected an overwhelming odour of liquor coming from his breath, and noted
the man was unsteady on his feet. The man disclosed to police that he had
consumed a large amount of alcohol. The man stated his wife was also very
intoxicated and had smashed the window out of the vehicle because he
locked the beer inside and told her she could not have any more. Police
observed the damage to the window of the vehicle. After speaking with the
male’s wife, officers observed that she also had an overwhelming odour of
liquor on her breath and was slurring her words. The female then stated
she was going to drink more alcohol and would break whatever she wanted.
Police found the female to be not thinking clearly and determined she was
unable to make proper decisions. The female was arrested under the
Intoxicated Persons Detention Act, and later released once sober.
July 21 –
A resident of Victoria Street reported that someone was in his backyard.
Police attended and were unable to locate anyone in the area.
July 23 –
Police were requested to remove an unwanted male from a complainant’s
residence. The complainant and his family have repeatedly asked the male
to not come to his residence. Police attended and spoke to the male as he
was exiting the building. Police warned the male about trespassing and
advised him to not return to the residence uninvited.