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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 from July 17 – July 23

During this week our police service opened 70 files. The following are some of those files.

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.

Police 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 storage.

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.

A 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.