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
information and tips, etc, find us on Facebook at Winkler Police Service and @winklerpolice
on Twitter and
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
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
Police ask motorists to take note of the now officially approved and
designated 50 kph zone on 15th Street north of the railway