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 - November 28 to December 4, 2016
this week our police service opened 62 files. The following is a cross
section of what transpired.
Shortly after 8:00 p.m., officers received a call from a woman advising
that she and her boyfriend had just been threatened with death by a male
known to them, and that her boyfriend had also been physically assaulted
by the same man. Both victims provided detailed statements describing the
event, and requested that charges be laid. The suspect, a 24 year old
male, was located and arrested on November 30th at which time he was also
found to be in possession of methamphetamine crystals. As a result of both
incidents he is charged with Assault, two counts of Uttering Threats,
three counts of Breaching Probation and one count of drug possession under
the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. He was released on a Promise to
Appear with an Undertaking.
A complaint was received from the Winkler Recreation Department who
reported finding graffiti in two locations of the stage in the park. To
date there are no suspects.
reported an egg being thrown against their dining room window overnight.
went out to move his vehicle into the garage from his driveway when he
noted it had been rummaged through. Numerous CD’s and the garage door
opener were stolen from the vehicle.
year old males were served Police Cautions after being caught stealing
cough syrup at the Superstore by their loss prevention personnel. Both
were turned over to their respective parents/guardian with an explanation
of what occurred.
A resident of 2nd Street reported a theft from his locked vehicle while it
was parked on the driveway overnight. Stolen were a Sirius Radio and a
Pioneer Radio. There were no visible signs of forced entry to the vehicle.
approximately 5:30 p.m., officers attended to a residence after receiving
a frantic call for assistance in what was believed a domestic crisis in
progress. Officers were let in by a female who stated her brother was
intoxicated by alcohol and that he had punched her in the mouth. The
suspect, a 15 year old youth was found to be shouting at no one in
particular, and was immediately taken into custody. The youth, who is on
probation, was charged with two counts of Assault and one for Breaching
Probation. He has been charged with two counts of Assault, and for
Breaching Probation. He was released the next day when sober, on a
Promise to Appear with an Undertaking.
A resident of Chevy Drive reported his vehicle rummaged through overnight
with a small amount of change stolen.
Acting on a tip about a vehicle displaying a peculiar manner of driving,
officers located the said vehicle, and made their own observations
corroborating the tipster’s information. The vehicle was stopped for
investigation, at which time an open bottle of vodka was observed in the
vehicle. It was determined that the driver had consumed a quantity of
alcohol, and as such was read the demand to provide a roadside breath
sample. The driver complied which resulted in a Fail reading. She was
placed under arrest and transported to the Winkler Police station where
she provided further breath samples which resulted in readings of 110 and
100 mgs%. The legal limit is 80 mg%. The driver, age 20, is a resident
of Morden and has been charged with Impaired Driving and Driving over
.08. She was released to a sober adult.
At approximately 12:40 a.m., officers were notified by staff at the
McDonald’s restaurant that a male appeared to be passed out in his vehicle
where it occupied a space in the designated waiting parking stall on their
property. Officers attended to find the vehicle running, with the driver
initially unresponsive. After removing the keys from the vehicle and
several attempts to rouse the man, he awakened and presented in a state of
disorientation, making no sense in his speech or actions. A strong odor
of liquor emanated from his breath and the belief was formed that he was
impaired by alcohol. The 26 year old male resident of Winkler was
arrested for being in Care and Control of a Motor Vehicle while impaired,
and transported to the Winkler Police Station. Upon searching the
suspect, he was found to be in possession of a small amount of marihuana.
At the Police Station the suspect provided two breath samples which
resulted in readings of 120 mg%. He was released to a sober family member
shortly before 3:00 a.m. after being served the applicable court
documents. He faces charges of Impaired Driving, Driving over .08, and
Possession of Marihuana.