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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 www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca 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.



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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 conditions.

February 7 – At 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 once sober.

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 they complied.

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 investigation.

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.