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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 www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca 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.



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Police Report - January 9 to 15, 2017

A total of 74 files were opened for the week of January 9th to the 15th.  The following are a few of those files.  

January 9th
At approximately 11:13 a.m., received a call from Provincial 911 advising of a domestic dispute in progress.  Officers attended and spoke to the couple separately and determined that the argument had not involved any form of assault or abuse.  Officers left the home believing that no further attention was warranted.

January 11th
While on patrol at 4:28 p.m., officers noted an older pickup truck with no licence plates displayed.  The vehicle was stopped and a valid permit found lying on the dash.  Officers noted odors of both marihuana and liquor in the vehicle.  Investigation led to charges against the 20 year old male passenger for Possess Schedule II Substance (marihuana); Breaching Undertaking x2 for consumption of both alcohol and a controlled substance; and unlawful transportation of liquor.

January 12th
At approximately 9:40 p.m., police received a call advising that a fight was in progress on the parking lot of a local church.  Officers attended and learned that combatants had arranged the consensual fight via social media.  Both did not want the other charged however investigation revealed that the one young male was breaching prior release documents by consuming alcohol as well as a court order to keep the peace.  He was held overnight till sober and released the following morning for further court appearances.

January 13th
Just after midnight, police were called to a residence on Victoria Street where occupants were setting fire to paper and then throwing it out through a second floor window onto the snow covered roof.  The Fire Department also attended and conducted a check of the interior to ensure no further threat of fire was evident.  The occupants were warned about the possible consequences for such action.

At 5:30 a.m., the same morning, police were also called to Tempo Gas Bar where subjects driving a blue Pontiac Grand Prix obtained a quantity of gas and left without paying.  The investigation is continuing. 

January 14th
Police received a complaint of a sexual assault stemming back to 2016.  The matter is now under investigation.

Also on this date, police received complaints of graffiti spray painted onto different locations along 1st Street.  Heartland Solutions, Hi-Way Tempo, and the Maranatha Church all received damage to exterior walls.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Winkler Police Service.  Tipsters can remain anonymous.  Cash rewards are paid to information that leads to an arrest.