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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January 9 to 15, 2017
A total of
74 files were opened for the week of January 9th to the 15th.
The following are a few of those files.
At approximately 11:13 a.m., received a call from Provincial 911 advising
of a domestic dispute in progress. Officers attended and spoke to the
couple separately and determined that the argument had not involved any
form of assault or abuse. Officers left the home believing that no
further attention was warranted.
While on patrol at 4:28 p.m., officers noted an older pickup truck
with no licence plates displayed. The vehicle was stopped and a valid
permit found lying on the dash. Officers noted odors of both marihuana
and liquor in the vehicle. Investigation led to charges against the 20
year old male passenger for Possess Schedule II Substance (marihuana);
Breaching Undertaking x2 for consumption of both alcohol and a controlled
substance; and unlawful transportation of liquor.
At approximately 9:40 p.m., police received a call advising that a
fight was in progress on the parking lot of a local church. Officers
attended and learned that combatants had arranged the consensual fight via
social media. Both did not want the other charged however investigation
revealed that the one young male was breaching prior release documents by
consuming alcohol as well as a court order to keep the peace. He was held
overnight till sober and released the following morning for further court
Just after midnight, police were called to a residence on Victoria Street
where occupants were setting fire to paper and then throwing it out
through a second floor window onto the snow covered roof. The Fire
Department also attended and conducted a check of the interior to ensure
no further threat of fire was evident. The occupants were warned about
the possible consequences for such action.
the same morning, police were also called to Tempo Gas Bar where subjects
driving a blue Pontiac Grand Prix obtained a quantity of gas and left
without paying. The investigation is continuing.
Police received a complaint of a sexual assault stemming back to
2016. The matter is now under investigation.
this date, police received complaints of graffiti spray painted onto
different locations along 1st Street. Heartland Solutions,
Hi-Way Tempo, and the Maranatha Church all received damage to exterior
walls. Anyone with information is asked to call the Winkler Police
Service. Tipsters can remain anonymous. Cash rewards are paid to
information that leads to an arrest.