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 March 5 – March 11
During this time period our police service opened 73 files. The following
are some of those files.
March 5 – Police received a complaint from a male who
believed that another male in his building poisoned his rice with window
cleaner before the two began eating supper together. The complainant was
transported to Boundary Trails Health Centre for assessment. This file is
still under investigation.
Shortly before 12:00 a.m., police were notified of a
suspicious vehicle parked in the northbound lane of Manitoba Road. Police
attended and found the vehicle unoccupied and obstructing the road,
therefore a tow truck was called to remove the vehicle. While waiting for
the tow truck the owner of the vehicle arrived on scene and stated that he
parked on the road as his vehicle previously became stuck in the parking
lot of his workplace due to the winter storm. The male immediately moved
the vehicle and police cancelled the tow truck.
March 6 – Police were dispatched to the intersection of
Highway 14 and 15th Street regarding a two-vehicle collision.
Police learned a westbound van travelled through the intersection during a
red light and struck a southbound vehicle. The driver of the southbound
vehicle was transported to the Boundary Trails Health Centre with
undetermined injuries. It is believed the traffic lights were obstructed
by snow and ice from the recent winter storm. No charges were laid in this
Police received a request for assistance in keeping the
peace between a husband and wife who were in the process of separating.
Police attended and remained on scene as requested until the female had
removed her personal belongings from the home.
A female reported that she received a cheque in the
mail for $2,280 after being offered a housekeeping job through an online
job listing website. The suspect claimed to have sent the cheque to help
cover the cost of cleaning supplies and wages, as she would be away when
the complainant started the job. The cheque received was determined to be
fake by the complainant’s bank, and no money was lost. Police have
recently received several other reports similar in nature.
A report was received regarding a suspicious male who
left an envelope under the gazebo area at the corner of 15th
Street and Grandeur Avenue. Police attended, viewed the envelope labelled
“Point 1 N” and determined it to be part of a scavenger hunt or
March 7 – At approximately 5:15 a.m. police were
dispatched to Salem Home regarding a male that was yelling for help and
attempting to enter the building. Police attended and located the male
sleeping inside the entrance next to a heater. Police learned that the
male was travelling from Winkler to his residence in Morden along a gravel
road when he lost control of his vehicle and spun into the ditch. The male
began travelling by foot toward Morden as he did not have a cell phone to
call for help. After walking several miles, the male reached Winkler and
realized he had been walking the wrong direction. The male declined
medical attention and police provided him with a ride to his residence in
A staff member of the C. W. Wiebe Medical Centre
requested assistance in removing an unwanted male from the waiting room.
The male was causing problems for his ex-wife who was at the clinic
awaiting an appointment. Police located the male and advised him to leave
the premises and not return while his ex-wife was still present in the
March 8 – Police received a complaint of Break & Enter
to a residence on Pembina Avenue that occurred on February 5th,
2018. The complainant stated that someone gained entry to the apartment by
breaking a window and stole a bicycle, television and electronic gaming
system from his home. This file is still under investigation.
A report was received of a fight in progress between a
male and female in front of Pet Valu. Police attended to find that the
suspects departed the scene on foot toward Wal-Mart. Police located the
suspects at separate locations who both advised the fight was verbal and
no physical assault had taken place. Police offered both parties rides
home but they declined.
Police were dispatched to a residence on 8th
Street South regarding a domestic dispute between a husband and wife.
Police learned the couple’s son had called 9-1-1 after hearing his parents
yelling. Police attended and learned there was a verbal argument however
no assault had taken place.
A report of theft was received from loss prevention
personnel of Superstore regarding a male who attempted to leave the store
without paying for $755 worth of groceries. Loss prevention personnel
confronted the male who subsequently left the groceries and fled the
scene. This file is still under investigation.
March 10 – Police conducted a traffic stop on Boundary
Trail and noted an odor of liquor on the driver’s breath. The driver
complied to a demand for a breath sample which resulted in a reading of 27
mg%. The 16 year old female was under a zero Blood Alcohol Concentration
restriction therefore her driver’s license was suspended for 24 hours. She
was also issued a ticket for Consumption of Liquor by a Minor. A small
amount of marihuana and drug paraphernalia was also located in the
possession of another passenger, which was seized and destroyed. The
vehicle was left parked at the scene and the driver was given a ride home
March 11 – A resident of 7th Street South
advised police that an unwelcome male was knocking on the doors and
windows of his home, and he wanted the male removed from the property.
Police attended and advised the male to cease from attending the residence
as he was not wanted at the home. The male was argumentative with police
but left the scene.