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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 January 8 – January 14

During this time period our police service opened 50 files. The following are some of those files.

January 8 – Police received a report of two young children who were left unattended at an outdoor skating rink. Police attended and spoke with the complainant as well as the mother of the children who attended prior to police arrival. After speaking with all parties police had no concerns and were satisfied that the children were well taken care of.

January 9 – Police were dispatched to a residence on Orion Lane regarding a female who was causing a disturbance. Police learned that the female had been yelling and thrown a phone at an individual inside the residence. The female was highly agitated but police were able to assist her in calming down. No charges were laid in this incident.

Police received a report of theft from staff at Mark’s Work Wearhouse who advised that two females stole several items from the store and then quickly fled the scene. This file is still under investigation.

January 10 – Police were notified by loss prevention personnel of Superstore of a theft that had occurred involving a female who attempted to leave the store without paying for all of her merchandise. The 29 year old female was arrested for Theft Under $5000 and later released with a written caution.

A male reported to police that he had received a phone call from an individual claiming to be from RBC who requested his credit card information. The male provided the caller with the credit card information for two of his credit cards, but later cancelled the compromised credit cards and reported the incident to his financial institution.

Police received a report of an assault that had taken place at Pizza Hotline at approximately 10:00 p.m. Police learned that two males entered the restaurant and one of the males immediately began assaulting the victim while the second male recorded the assault. All parties involved in the assault were known to each other. This file is still under investigation.

January 11 – Police were advised by loss prevention personnel of Superstore of a male who left the store on January 9th without paying for his merchandise. Police viewed the video surveillance footage and were able to identify the suspect, who is known to police. This file is still under investigation.

January 12 – Police received a report of two suspicious vehicles parked in the Grace Mennonite Church parking lot. Police attended and learned that friends were meeting at the church and nothing of a suspicious or criminal nature had occurred.

Police were dispatched to attend a noise complaint on Gemstone Drive regarding a group of intoxicated males inside a residence. Police attended and spoke with the group of males who were confrontational with police. Police spoke with the complainant who advised police that everything was okay and she was satisfied that police had attended the residence.