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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 May 7 – May 13

During this time period our police service opened 103 files. The following are some of those files.

May 7 – A resident of 8th Street requested police assistance regarding an elderly gentleman who was lost. Police attended and located the male who appeared to be disoriented and provided him with a ride back to his residence.

Police were dispatched to a residence on 15th Street regarding a male and female who were fighting. Police spoke with both parties who stated that the argument was verbal and no physical assault took place. The male departed the scene and went home to his residence.

May 8 – A vehicle was reported to have been vandalized while parked at Toppers Family Restaurant on May 7th. The damage consisted of a long scratch located across the passenger side of the vehicle.

A resident of Cedar Avenue reported that the previous night an individual had climbed onto a planter below his window and banged on the window. Nothing was noted to be missing or damaged from the yard or home.

May 8 – Loss Prevention Personnel of Superstore advised police that three young females were in custody for shoplifting. Police attended and learned that all three females were under the age of 12. Police also discovered the girls to be in possession of several stolen items from Dollarama. The females were given verbal warnings and brought home to their residences where the situation was explained to each girl’s parents.

May 10 – A complaint was received from a female advising police that her ex-boyfriend was banging on the front door of her residence. Police attended and arrested the male for Fail to Comply with an Undertaking as he was under conditions to have no contact with the complainant. The 23 year old male was later released on a Promise to Appear.

The store manager of MCC reported damage to the building that appeared as though someone had kicked and broke the siding.

Police were dispatched to a business on Commander Drive regarding a controlled fire inside a barrel contrary to the burn ban currently in effect. Police spoke with the employee who stated she was unaware of the burn ban and immediately extinguished the fire. The female received a verbal warning from police.

May 11 – Police received a request to attend Triangle Oasis to check on a male who was asking for police assistance. Police attended and spoke with the male who stated that he was “coming off of meth” and paranoid that someone was coming after him. Police arrested the 32 year old male under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act and transported him to the Winkler Police Service. The male was later released to a sober adult who was willing to let the male spend the night at his residence.

May 12 – A witness heard a female crying at a residence on 8th Street South and requested that police attend the scene. Police spoke with a husband and wife who advised that they had a verbal argument however no assault took place.

May 13 – At approximately 2:40 a.m. police were dispatched to McDonald’s regarding a truck that was squealing its tires in the parking lot and the occupants of the truck were yelling at the drive-thru staff. Police located the vehicle in the drive-thru and spoke with the driver who denied these allegations. While speaking with the driver police noted the odour of alcohol emanating from his breath. The male complied to a demand for a breath sample and the result obtained was a “Fail” reading. The 23 year old male, a resident of Altona, was arrested for Drive Over .08 and transported to the Winkler Police Service. Two additional breath samples were provided, each resulting in a reading of 100 mg%. Approximately 12 grams of marihuana was located inside the accused’s vehicle along with several open cans of liquor. The male was arrested for Possession of Marihuana and issued an Order of Suspension for his driver’s licence, tickets for Drive an Unregistered Vehicle and Carry Open Liquor in a Vehicle, and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days. He was later released on a Promise to Appear with conditions.

Shortly before 4:00 a.m. police were dispatched to a residence on Gemstone Drive regarding a female reporting that her boyfriend was refusing to let her leave her room. While en route police received a second call advising that very loud screaming was coming from the apartment. Police located the male suspect outside and detained him for a forcible confinement investigation. Police spoke with the female who advised that they were fighting inside the bedroom and when she attempted to leave the room the accused grabbed her and held her down, and when she attempted to leave a second time he blocked the doorway. The 30 year old male was arrested for Assault and Forcible Confinement and was released on a Promise to Appear with conditions.

A 15 year old male reported that he was struck by a vehicle while crossing the pedestrian corridor at Main Street and South Railway Avenue. The suspect vehicle did not stop after the accident occurred. This file is still under investigation.

A complaint was received of a fire burning in the backyard of a residence on Linden Drive. Police attended and advised the homeowner of the burn ban in effect, and he agreed to put out the fire.

Police would like to remind citizens of the burn ban that is currently in effect, including the use of recreational fire pits.