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
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Police Report from February 5 – February 11
During this time period our police service opened 64 files. The following
are some of those files.
February 5 – A resident of Orion Lane requested
assistance with removing three unwanted males from his home. Police
attended and learned that the three males had departed the residence prior
to police arrival.
February 6 – Police were advised of an abandoned
vehicle parked on Main Street in front of Valley Bowling Lanes. Police
attended and spoke with the driver who advised that the vehicle ran out of
gas and would be refilled and removed shortly.
Police were dispatched to a residence on 6th
Street regarding a male who was stabbed by his roommate with a corkscrew
during an altercation. Police attended and arrested the 19 year old
accused female for Aggravated Assault and Assault with a Weapon. She was
transported to the Winkler Police Service and later released on a Promise
to Appear with conditions. The 19 year old male was also arrested for
Assault Causing Bodily Harm and later released on a Promise to Appear with
February 7 –
approximately 2:45 p.m., members of the Winkler Police Service conducted a
traffic stop on a vehicle seen traveling in the Northlands Parkway area.
Based on observations made by officers, a drug investigation was
initiated in relation to this vehicle, and the male driver and female
passenger were both placed under arrest.
A search of the two suspects
and the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a small quantity of
methamphetamine, over $1400 cash, several cellular phones, and other items
related to methamphetamine trafficking.
Amanda Charlene Wolfe, age
37, has been charged with Possess Methamphetamine for the Purpose of
Trafficking, Possess Goods Obtained by Crime, Breach Recognizance, and
Breach Probation. Amanda Wolfe
has since been released on a Recognizance and is set to appear in Morden
Provincial Court on February 27, 2018.
Evan Kyle Gandier, age 29,
has been charged with Possess Methamphetamine for the Purpose of
Trafficking, and Possess Goods Obtained by Crime.
Evan Gandier has since been released on a Recognizance and is set
to appear in Morden Provincial Court on March 13, 2018.
February 9 – Police received a report of an intoxicated
male outside a residence on 2nd Street who was attempting to
hit people and was out of control. Police attended and found the 28 year
old male to be unsteady on his feet and heavily intoxicated. He was
arrested under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act and later released
Police attended a residence on Orion Lane after
receiving a complaint of several intoxicated individuals causing a
disturbance. Police advised the individuals to keep the noise down and
Police were advised of a possible assault taking place
inside a residence on 2nd Street. Police attended and learned
that two intoxicated brothers had been fighting, however neither brother
wished to press charges. Both brothers were transported to Boundary Trails
Health Centre for the treatment of minor injuries resulting from the
fight, and once medically released both males were arrested under the
Intoxicated Persons Detention Act. Both brothers were released without
charges the next morning once sober.
Police received a report of a front license plate with
the number GKR 582 that was stolen from the complainant’s vehicle while it
was parked at his place of work.
February 10 – While on patrol police observed a vehicle
travelling without a rear license plate and driver’s side mirror. Police
conducted a traffic stop and upon speaking with the driver of the vehicle
noted that he was attempting to hide an open can of liquor. The driver was
arrested for Possession of Open Liquor in a Vehicle, and complied to a
demand for a breath sample which resulted in a “Fail” reading. The driver
was then arrested for Drive Impaired and transported to the Winkler Police
Service where he provided two more breath samples, both resulting in
readings of 120 mg%. The 19 year old male was also arrested for Drive Over
.08, and issued a Notice of Suspension or Disqualification for his
driver’s license, a Notice of Seizure and Impoundment for his vehicle, as
well as a ticket and Appearance Notice for Carry Liquor in a Vehicle. He
was released on a Promise to Appear with conditions.
Police were dispatched to Scotia Bank regarding the
report of a suspicious male who appeared to be panhandling outside of the
bank. Police attended and spoke with a staff member of the bank who
advised that she spoke to the male regarding banking matters however she
did not find him to be suspicious. Police patrolled the area but were
unable to locate the male.
Police received a complaint from a male who advised he
was being blackmailed into paying a female he met online $200 in order to
prevent her from sending a revealing photo of himself to all his Facebook
friends. The female also requested that the male purchase a pre-paid
credit card and provide her with the card information, as well as purchase
a one-month online website subscription for her. The male declined to the
send the money and instead contacted police. This file is still under
A resident of North Railway Avenue reported that the
rear window of his vehicle was smashed while parked on his driveway.
February 11 – Police conducted a traffic stop which
resulted in the seizure of an amount of marihuana, drug paraphernalia, and
two lock-pick sets inside the vehicle, which were subsequently destroyed.
All parties were released with warnings.