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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.