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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.



For up-to-date information and tips, etc, find us on Facebook at Winkler Police Service and @winklerpolice on Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Media Release                                                                                   September 27, 2017

Positive Changes Coming for Police Dispatch in Altona (Plum Coulee), Winkler and Morden

Officer Safety will be much improved effective October 2nd when The Manitoba Emergency Communications Center in Brandon will begin answering after-hours phone calls made to local police.  Officers who are in constant communication by radio with the Communication Center will be dispatched accordingly, freeing them from answering calls while engaged in arrests, investigations, prisoner intake, traffic stops, interviews, etc.  Currently, after-hours calls to police are forwarded to cell phones which officers answer directly often putting officers at risk.

Brandon’s Emergency Communications Center has been providing numerous services to these three police agencies for many years and this will now be enhanced to include call taking and dispatch.  Calls placed during regular daytime work hours will still be answered locally by civilian staff.

What does this mean for the public?

-          Emergency calls should always be made to 911.

-          After-hour calls for service regarding complaints, non-emergency assistance, tips, etc, can be placed to the individual police agency regular phone number and will be answered by Brandon’s Communication Center and dispatched accordingly. 

Altona 204-324-5353    Morden 204-822-4900    Winkler 204-325-9990

-          Non-urgent calls can be placed to the individual police agencies admin lines either during regular office hours or messages left after hours.

Altona 204-324-5373    Morden 204-822-6292   Winkler 204-325-0829

-          Please note that calls made regarding police service to the R.M.’s of Rhineland or Stanley must be made to the RCMP.  Altona, Morden, and Winkler do not police these rural areas.

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Police Report from October 2 – October 15

During this time period our police service opened 129 files. The following are some of those files.

October 3 – Police received a report of two males who had caused a disturbance at Pizza Hotline and did not pay their bill. The suspects left the restaurant prior to police receiving the complaint, however the suspects were located and taken back to the restaurant to pay their bill. The restaurant was satisfied once the bill was paid and declined to press charges.

October 4 – Police were notified of an attempted fraud that had taken place at 7-Eleven regarding a male who called the store and claimed to work for the IT department of 7-Eleven. The male requested that staff obtain a pre-paid credit card and assist the caller with activating the card. The staff member refused the request of the caller and no money was obtained through the attempted transaction.

Police received a complaint from a female who stated that her ex-boyfriend was harassing her and refusing to leave her alone. Police issued a verbal warning for harassment to the ex-boyfriend and he agreed to leave his ex-girlfriend alone.

A resident of Redwood Drive reported that an intoxicated male had entered his sunroom and attempted to enter his home. The suspect was confronted by the homeowner and then left the area on foot. The complainant provided police with a description of the male however police were unable to locate the suspect.

October 5 – A resident of Southview Drive reported several items stolen out of her garage sometime during the night. A tablet located inside a vehicle in the garage was stolen along with numerous food items from a freezer also located inside the garage.

Police received a report of theft regarding a vehicle from which the front and rear license plates were stolen while parked at a local business. The complainant provided police with a name of whom he believes is responsible for the theft. This file is still under investigation.

October 7 – At approximately 4:00am, police were dispatched to Genesis House regarding a domestic assault that had taken place in a residence on 2nd Street. The female victim stated that her husband, from whom she is currently separated, assaulted her by punching her in the face, kicking her down the stairs and kicking her while she lay on the floor, all while their children were present in the home. The victim also disclosed to police that she was sexually assaulted during this incident. Police attended the residence to find three young children inside and the suspect sleeping on the couch. Police took care of the children and placed the male suspect under arrest for assault. The male suspect was heavily intoxicated and had trouble staying on his feet. The male suspect was transported to the Winkler Police Service, during which time and throughout the entire arresting process he was extremely uncooperative, aggressive and resisted arrest multiple times. The 28 year old male, a resident of Altona, was charged with Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Breach Undertaking (x2), Resist Arrest (x3), Forcible Confinement, Aggravated Sexual Assault and Utter Threats. The accused remains in custody awaiting his next court appearance on November 9th in Winnipeg.

Police received a report of a vehicle driving erratically along Main Street travelling approximately 100 kph or faster. Police patrolled the area but were unable to locate the vehicle.

October 8 – Police received a report shortly before 1:00am of vandalism to a vehicle that was parked outside of a residence on Mountain Avenue. Damage was noted to all windows, along with multiple dents on the doors and long scratch marks that wrapped around the entire vehicle. This file is still under investigation.

October 9 – A resident of Rietze Avenue reported that two unknown individuals were in his garage and going through his vehicle. Another resident of the home stated that she had seen a male with a flashlight on the driveway, and when she banged on the window a second male ran out of the garage. Both males fled on foot however police were unable to locate the suspects. The complainant believes a few cigarettes were stolen from the garage.

Police were dispatched to a residence on Majestic Crescent in regards to a domestic dispute taking place between a husband and wife. Police spoke with both parties and were satisfied that no assault had taken place. The husband agreed to depart the residence for the evening.

October 12 - A resident of Gemstone Drive reported that unauthorized transactions had been made through her chequing account on October 10th and 11th. The complainant immediately advised her bank which then cancelled the debit card, and while the complainant was inside the bank, more fraudulent charges were put through the account, showing that the entire account was compromised. The complainant will be credited the fraudulent charges by the bank, and the bank will be conducting their own fraud investigation.

October 13 – A staff member of Gateway Resources reported that a male driving a white truck has been removing items from the electronic recycling bin over the last two weeks that are meant to be recycled or ready to be shipped away. The staff member was able to provide police with the license plate number of the vehicle involved. Gateway Resources does not wish to pursue charges against the suspect but wants this activity to stop. Police have been unable to contact the suspect at this time and the file is still under investigation.

A report was received of vandalism to a vehicle consisting of a large hole in the back window of the vehicle, however the entire window shattered when the complainant opened the door. Police searched for the object which may have caused the damage, however no such object could be found. This file is still under investigation.

October 14 – Police received a report from a security company advising of an alarm that was set off for one of the doors at the outdoor performing stage near the Winkler Park. Police viewed video security footage which showed that four males pulled on the door and attempted to gain entry. The four males ran away after the alarm sounded, and entry to the building was not gained. This file is still under investigation.

October 15 – While on general patrol police noted a vehicle that was stopped at a green light for approximately 30 – 60 seconds, then continued through the intersection. Police proceeded to follow the vehicle and activated the emergency lights in order to initiate a traffic stop, however the vehicle continued driving away from police without stopping. Police then activated the siren and had to drive beside the vehicle in order for it to stop. Upon speaking with the driver of the vehicle, police detected a strong odor of liquor emanating from his breath and the driver was unable to listen to instructions provided. The driver complied to a demand for a breath sample and the result obtained was a “Warn” reading. The male’s driver’s license was suspended for 72 hours and his vehicle was towed from the scene.

Police also responded to several motor vehicle accidents, complaints of burning leaves, assisted with several reports of fires and received numerous noise complaints during this time period.