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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 December 4 – December 10

During this time period our police service opened 64 files. The following are some of those files.

December 6 – Police received a report of a four year old boy that was attacked by a dog while walking past a local business with his mother. The boy suffered minor bruising and scrapes as a result. Police were advised by the business owner that the dog belonged to an unknown customer. This incident is still under investigation.

December 7 – While at Walmart an off-duty officer observed a male youth place a wireless speaker inside his jacket and then leave the electronics section without paying for the item. The off-duty officer placed the male under arrest for Theft Under $5000. The 14 year old male resident of Winkler immediately apologized for his actions and was later released to his parents with a verbal caution.

December 8 – At approximately 12:40pm police received a report of theft from the Winkler Co-op Gas Bar regarding four male youths who stole approximately $20.00 worth of items. Police viewed the video surveillance footage and recognized one of the involved suspects. Police spoke with the suspect who admitted to paying for one energy drink and stealing another and stated he was very sorry. Police issued a verbal caution to the local male youth, age 15, for Theft Under $5000 and also advised him that there was a store deal for the drink he stole of buy two for $2.50, however as the male bought one for $3.49 and stole the other, he ended up paying more money than if he had purchased both drinks. This file is still under investigation regarding the remaining three youths.

At approximately 1:55pm police received a report of another instance of theft from the Winkler Co-op Gas Bar regarding two male youths who stole approximately $40.00 worth of items from the store. The store manager confronted the males and recovered the stolen items which were still in re-saleable condition. This file is still under investigation.

December 10 – Police received a complaint of an unlocked vehicle that was rummaged through between 10:00pm and 12:00am while parked on 2nd Street. The owner was unsure at the time of the complaint if anything was missing as the contents of the console were strewn over the two front seats.

Police were notified at approximately 8:30am of a Break & Enter that had occurred sometime during the night at the Canadian Tire Gas Bar. Police attended and observed that the culprits gained access by breaking the glass to the front door. Stolen from the premises was a large quantity of tobacco products. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Winkler Police Service at (204) 325-9990. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Police ask motorists to take note of the now officially approved and designated 50 kph zone on 15th Street north of the railway tracks.