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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 September 11 – September 17

During this time period our police service opened 92 files. The following are some of those files.

September 11 – At approximately 9:00pm police received a report of an assault that had taken place outside of the Sommerfelder Church. Police spoke with the victim who stated he had been assaulted by a male youth who was known to him. The assault was the result of the victim’s relationship with a female known by both males. The 15 year old suspect, a resident of Winkler, later turned himself over to police, where he was arrested for Assault and later released on a Promise to Appear with conditions.

September 12 – A report of shoplifting was received from staff at Dollarama advising that a female intentionally left the store without paying for a number of items. When the female was confronted by store staff, she pushed the staff member, dropped the bag of stolen items and drove away. Staff were able to provide a description of the female and the vehicle she was driving. This file is still under investigation.

A resident of 9th Street reported that his doorbell was rang multiple times in a row, and when he answered the door he was met by an unknown male. The young male asked the homeowner several inappropriate questions and then fled the area. A short while later, the complainant’s doorbell was rang again and when he answered the door he noticed that dog feces was thrown onto his doorstep. Police patrolled the area but did not locate the suspect.

Shortly after 11:00pm, police were approached by an individual who advised that there was a male passed out behind a garbage dumpster near 7 – Eleven. Police found the male to be heavily under the influence of marijuana. A small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were relinquished from the male, who was then turned over to a sober adult. No charges were laid in this incident.

September 13 – Police were notified of a disturbance at Tim Horton’s at approximately 2:20am involving a group of three individuals who appeared to be intoxicated and were refusing to leave the property. Police located the three individuals near 7 – Eleven and learned that one of the individuals had four warrants for his arrest. The 21 year old male, a resident of Winnipeg, was placed under arrest and transported to the Winkler Police Service. The two other individuals received verbal warnings for a causing a disturbance.

Police received a report of the theft of a muffler/sensor/wiring system from a gravel truck valued at approximately $11,000. The complainant stated that the suspects had started to cut apart the exhaust stack on a second gravel truck as well. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to phone the Winkler Police Service at (204) 325-9990. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

September 15 – Police received a report of a male who left a business and smelled strongly of alcohol, had slurred speech and was unsteady of his feet. Officers were provided a description of the vehicle and patrolled the area however could not locate the suspect.

September 16 – A resident of Bonneville Bay reported that after arriving at her place of work, she noticed that someone had poured sugar into her vehicle’s gas tank while it was parked in front of her residence overnight. Police have no suspects at this time.

Police were advised of a two vehicle motor vehicle accident at the intersection of 1st Street and Norquay Drive. Upon speaking with the driver of one of the vehicles, police noted an odour of liquor on his breath and he was subsequently read the demand to provide a roadside breath sample. The driver complied which resulted in a Warn reading. Police also learned that the male’s vehicle was unregistered at the time of the accident. The 23 year old male, a resident of Reinland, was issued a 72 hour suspension from driving as well as a ticket for Drive an Unregistered Vehicle and Proceed Before Safe to Do So.

A report was received of a possible impaired driver entering the City of Winkler as the vehicle was observed weaving onto the shoulder of the highway and back onto the paved roadway several times. A description of the vehicle was provided however the suspect vehicle could not be located.

September 17 – A resident of Sunvalley Bay reported that a set of luggage was stolen from his home sometime in the past four days. The complainant stated he had forgotten to lock his door for the last few days and does not know who may have taken the luggage.

Police were called to a residence on 3rd Street South regarding a break and enter. The complainant was inside the home when he heard the door open and close, and then open and close again shortly after. The resident checked throughout the home but did not find anyone in or around the residence. It was later discovered that a sum of money was missing from one of the bedrooms inside the home. The money was visible from the outside of the home through a window. There are no suspects at this time.

Police received a report from a female youth who stated that a male was harassing her at her place of work. The complainant stated the male has made inappropriate comments and at one point was waiting for her outside of her workplace once her shift was finished. The license plate of the vehicle the suspect was driving was provided to police. The complainant declined to lay charges in this incident however requested that police advise the male to stop harassing her and attending her place of work. This file is still under investigation.