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 - August 15 to 21, 2016
service opened 84 files for the week. The following are some of those
At approximately 6:21 p.m., a resident of Willow Drive reported seeing an
unfamiliar male youth enter his neighbour’s home. While en route to the
call, the caller called back to advise that the same suspicious person had
exited the house, walked a few doors further and entered another house.
Officers arrived as the suspect was leaving the second house. The male
youth, age 15, was subsequently arrested for Break and Enter, and
searched. The search produced a cell phone which was traced to the owner.
Further investigation determined that the phone was stolen from a
residence on Crystal Crescent. The youth was charged with Break, Enter
and Theft (x1), Break, Enter with Intent (x2), and Possession of Property
Obtained by Crime (x2). He was released to his mother.
A resident of Rosenfeld Manitoba who was victimized by the Canada Revenue
Agency iTunes gift card scam attended Winkler to purchase the cards.
After purchasing the first set of cards at Wal Mart as directed, the man
followed further instructions to attend the Superstore to purchase more.
Staff at the Superstore recognized the scam and alerted the potential
victim as well as our officers who attended. Thank you to the staff at the
the Regional Support Tactical Team executed a warrant to search for
Methamphetamine at an apartment of the Greensview Estates on 15th Street.
Four persons were located and arrested inside the apartment. Seized
during the search were small amounts of methamphetamine and marihuana, and
drug paraphernalia including a weigh scale and a large quantity of unused
gram bags used for packaging. Samantha Simone LaPorte, age 27, is charged
with Possession of Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Trafficking,
Possession of Marihuana, and Breaching an Undertaking Given to a Peace
Officer (x2). Sergio Elias Cruz, age 18, is charged with Possession of
Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Marihuana
and Breaching a Recognizance(x3). Both were transported to the Remand
to await court appearances on Monday August 22nd. The remaining two
occupants of the apartment were released without charges.
a call was received from a homeowner on
who stated he just received a call from his teenage son reporting an
intruder in their home. Officers responded immediately and searched the
home to find that the single intruder had left the house. The son
reported hearing a loud noise in the house and when he went to
investigate, observed a male standing at the top of the stairs leading to
the basement. He then gathered his siblings and entered a room where they
locked the door. It appears the intruder entered through an unlocked
door. Nothing was reported stolen. There are currently no substantiated
suspects, with the investigation ongoing.
A long distance truck driver called to report his Chevrolet pickup truck
stolen from a
business lot in Winkler. The trucker, still away on a trip, learned of
the theft after receiving a call from the Morden Police service advising
his truck was used in a “gas and dash” in Morden. The truck has not been
recovered to date and officers from both police services are working
together to solve the crimes.
this week, we executed two outstanding arrest warrants, investigated eight
complaints of Theft Under $5000, attended two disputes, and assisted a
variety of other agencies in numerous capacities.