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 November 6 – November 19
During this time period our police service opened 113 files. The following
are some of those files.
November 9 – The owner of Zhen’s Acupuncture Clinic reported that on
November 8th a suspicious male entered the store whose demeanor
made the store owner very uncomfortable. After the male had left the
store, a bottle of pills was noted to be missing. The store owner was able
to provide police with a description of the suspect, however did not wish
to press charges. Police confronted a possible suspect however he denied
Shortly before 11:30pm, police were notified of a male who was wearing a
shirt and shorts but no jacket stumbling all over the road while walking
along Peters Avenue. The caller was concerned for the subject due to the
cold winter temperature and his lack of winter clothing. Police were able
to locate the 16 year old male on Park Street however the male would not
speak to police and appeared to be under the influence of some sort of
drug. The male then entered his residence and a short time later was
transported by ambulance to the Boundary Trails Health Centre. The male
was yelling, combative with police and hospital staff, and was having
violent outbursts. Blood results from the subject showed he had consumed a
quantity of alcohol, marihuana and shatter. It was suspected that the male
may have taken ecstasy as well. Police departed the hospital once the male
November 10 – At approximately 10:15am, police were notified by staff at
the C. W. Wiebe Medical Centre of a female at Urgent Care who was acting
very inappropriately and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or
drugs. The female, a 34 year old resident of Winkler, was arrested under
the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act and released once sober.
November 11 – Police received a report of a suspected impaired driver that
was stuck near the south dike road. Police spoke with four youth occupants
who advised police that they were attempting pull out their stuck snow
machine from the bottom of the dike, and in the process their vehicle
became stuck as well. The driver advised that his father was attending to
help remove all the vehicles. Police confirmed that none of the occupants
were impaired or had consumed any liquor.
November 12 – At approximately 3:00pm, police were dispatched to Navigator
Apartments regarding an assault that had taken place. The suspect, a 17
year old male, was reported to have assaulted his father and his father’s
girlfriend, and had also punched a hole in the wall and threw items around
the apartment. The suspect had left the scene prior to police arrival
however returned while police were still present in the apartment. The
male was subsequently arrested for Assault (x2) and Mischief over $5000,
and later released on a Promise to Appear with conditions.
At approximately 4:30pm, police were dispatched to Navigator Apartments
regarding an assault in progress between a female and male, unrelated to
the above-mentioned assault. Police learned that a female was in a common
hallway kicking an apartment door and sometime after the male resident
opened the door, she began assaulting him by hitting, scratching and
kicking him. During the entire incident the female was holding a small
baby. Police arrested the female, a 20 year old resident of Winkler, for
Assault and she was later released on a Promise to Appear with conditions.
Child and Family Services was also notified of the incident.
Police received a complaint from an employee of McDonald’s regarding
threats he received from a co-worker on two occasions while at work on
November 8th and 9th. The threats involved causing
harm to the victim and his family. Police located the suspect, a 17 year
old male resident of Manitou, on November 16th and arrested him
for Utter Threats (x2). He was remanded into custody and will appear in
Manitoba Youth Court on November 20th.
November 15 – Police received a report of an assault that had taken place
inside a residence on Southview Drive on November 12th. The
female stated that her boyfriend was jealous that she was speaking with
another male on the phone and proceeded to hit her in the stomach. Police
arrested the 22 year old male, a resident of Winkler, for Assault. He was
later released on a Promise to Appear with conditions.
A resident of Stonegate Drive reported that sometime during the afternoon
a block heater cord and small extension cord were stolen from her carport.
November 16 – A report of fraud that occurred on November 14 was received
regarding a female who had taken a phone call from someone who claimed to
be from the Publishers Clearing House. The caller told the victim that she
had won 2.6 million dollars as well as a car. The caller instructed the
victim to transfer funds at two separate locations in Winkler amounting to
$1674, and the victim proceeded to transfer the money. This file is still
At approximately 7:30pm, police were dispatched to Ardene’s located in the
Southland Mall regarding a report of shoplifting involving a young male
and female. Police located a male and female outside the mall entrance,
and when asked who was in possession of the stolen clothing, the suspects
reported another female inside the mall had the clothing. Police spoke
with the female inside the mall who immediately admitted to wearing the
stolen clothing. While placing the first female, a 15 year old resident of
Winkler, under arrest, she attempted to flee police but was apprehended
and arrested inside the mall. She was later released with no charges and
issued a verbal warning for Theft Under $5000 and for Resisting Arrest.
The second female, a 16 year old resident of Winkler, was arrested for
Possession of Goods Obtained by Crime and Breach Sentence Order, and
released on a Promise to Appear with conditions. The male, a 16 year old
resident of Winkler, was arrested for Theft Under $5000 and Breach
Sentence Order and later released on a Promise to Appear with conditions.
November 17 – At approximately 11:45pm, police were notified by a resident
of Park Street that his truck was stolen from his driveway. The truck was
unlocked with the keys inside in the vehicle at the time it was stolen. On
November 18th, police were notified by the RCMP that the stolen
truck was located in Rosenort with fresh damage to the vehicle. Anyone
with information is asked to contact the Winkler Police Service at (204)
325-9990. Callers can remain anonymous.
November 18 – Police were on general patrol when they observed a
suspicious vehicle with three passengers parked on Roblin Boulevard East.
Upon speaking with the driver of the vehicle, police noted a strong odour
of marihuana inside the vehicle as well the odour of liquor on the
driver’s breath. Police also observed a can of liquor in the front
passenger door pocket and seized four cans of liquor in total from the
vehicle. The driver complied to a demand for a breath sample, the result
of which was an “Alert” reading. The driver, a 20 year old male resident
of Winkler, who is subject to zero BAC restriction, was issued a 72 hour
driving suspension, tickets for Drive Unregistered Vehicle and Unlawful
transportation of Liquor in a Motor Vehicle, and the vehicle was towed
from the scene. All occupants of the vehicle were issued verbal warnings
for Possession of Marihuana, which was seized and destroyed.
November 19 – Shortly before 3:30am, police noted a suspicious vehicle
with three passengers parked at the Southland Mall parking lot. Police
noted a strong odour of marihuana inside the vehicle. Two of the
passengers admitted to possessing marihuana and drug paraphernalia, which
were seized and destroyed. All passengers were given verbal warnings for
Possession of Marihuana.
Police received a complaint from a resident of Victoria Street regarding a
remote controlled drone that often flies near his residence and hovers
over his backyard. Police spoke with the 15 year old owner of the drone
and requested that he not fly the drone near the neighbor’s property. The
young male apologized for his actions.