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|4/29/2015 - Tips on Avoiding Phone and Email Scammers|
More tips on avoiding phone and email scammers
In a column written by Sharon Elliott, RCMP Senior Safety officer, “ In my last article, I wrote about scammers who are spoofing the caller i.d. feature on our telephones. Many residents in our area have been targeted and have reported receiving a call from what appeared to be a local area number, but upon answering find out the call contains an automated message with an offer involving a hotel stay. Since then, many more residents have reported receiving calls that show their own telephone number appearing in the call display…The same problem can happen in our email accounts. The name of the sender of an email message can be manipulated to make it appear as though the message is coming from a friend, or even include our own names. That’s why it’s important to give your emails a good look over before clicking them open…” Annapolis County Spectator
|3/5/2015 - RCMP Advises of Romance Scams|
The RCMP Federal Policing Operations unit in conjunction with the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre would like to make the public aware of a current fraud trend. Fraudsters steal photos and use dating sites and social media to lure potential victims into sending money for various reasons. The fraudsters have shown that they are willing to develop the relationship over an extended period of time; this increases the trust level between the victim and the fraudster which results in the potential victim usually losing more money.
The fraudster will gain the trust of the victim through displays of affection and in some cases will send gifts, flowers and tokens to prove that their feelings are genuine. While the fraudster is usually located in a foreign country, eventually they will state that they want to meet the potential victim in person. It is at this time the fraudster will advise they can`t afford to travel and will seek assistance from the victim in covering travel costs. Other variations include the fraudster presenting situations of emergency or urgency, such as a sick family member and seeking financial assistance from the victim for various costs. This type of scam may also occur with the fraudster claiming that they reside in another province in Canada.
Warning Signs - How to protect yourself
- Fraudsters want to develop a quick relationship with you. Be suspicious when someone you haven`t met professes their love for you.
- Never under any circumstances send money for any reason.
- Be cautious when conversing with an individual that claims to live close to you but working overseas. this is a set up for the fraudster to provide numerous reasons to ask for money.
- If you receive a "pay cheque" or another form of payment from someone you`ve met online and they ask you to cash it and send a portion of the funds back to them - don`t do it! It`s a counterfeit cheque and you`ll be responsible to cover any feed from the bank.
For the latest on current fraud trend, the public can access the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre website at www.antifraudcentre.ca, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-888-495-8501.
|2/6/2015 - Media Release on Kijiji Rental Scam|
RNC Release Public Advisory Regarding Fraudulent Activity
(St. John’s, NL), February 5, 2015 – The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) Economic Crime Unit is issuing a public advisory regarding an online internet rental scam.
The RNC Economic Crime Unit is currently investigating several reports from residents who have posted apartment for rent ads on Kijiji. Residents have advised that they receive a response from a potential renter stating he is from the United States and that he is coming to Newfoundland for work. The potential renter will send photos and a copy of a US drivers license identifying himself as that person. The suspect then advises that he is interested in the rental property and agrees to send a bank draft for a month’s rent and damage deposit. When the property owner receives the draft it was for much more than the rent. The suspect then will request the property owner to email transfer the difference back to him as it was a mistake. In some cases the property owner is doing an email transfer of the difference back to the suspect before finding out that the bank draft that was sent is fraudulent.
The RNC Economic Crime Unit urges the public to refrain from providing their personal or financial information to unknown persons online or over the phone and to be cautious of this type of scam. Anyone with information regarding this online scam is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can now provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.
|1/22/2015 - Media Release-Crime Stoppers Month|
January 21, 2015 – The Honourable Paul Davis, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and Mark Brown, Chair of NL Crime Stoppers, proclaim January 2015 Crime Stoppers Month for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
“On behalf of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, I am pleased to extend support in the marking Crime Stoppers Month and in the promotion of the organization’s hard work. Crime Stoppers Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of this valuable collaborative and community effort,” said Premier Davis.
Crime Stoppers is a charitable organization that provides the people Newfoundland and Labrador with a vehicle to anonymously provide information about a crime or a potential crime of which they have knowledge. 2014 shows more than 2100 TIPS received – resulting in 66
arrests, 44 charges and almost $200,000 in goods recovered. Since the start of the program, 3288 charges were laid with more than $7M in goods recovered.
“For over 20 years, community minded individuals across the province have worked with the public, media and our provincial police and peace officers to make Crime Stoppers a success,” said Brown. “Crime Stoppers Month is an opportunity to acknowledge the volunteers and their hard work and how we collectively make our communities safer places to call home.”
Started in 1992, Newfoundland and Labrador Crime Stoppers is a community-based program and registered chari y. It brings the public, media and law enforcement agencies together in cooperative effort to help solve crime by offering cash awards and guaranteeing anonymity to
persons who furnish information leading to the arrest or laying of charges against criminal offenders.
Bottom left to right: Mark Brown, Chair, NL Crime Stoppers, Honourable Paul Davis, Premier, Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Kathryn Atkin, Vice-Chair NL Crime Stoppers Top left to top right: S/Sgt David Hickey, RCMP and Cst. Roy Robinson, NL Crime Stoppers Police Coordinator (RNC)
missing from photo: Sgt. Vicki Chalker NL Crime Stoppers Police Coordinator (RCMP)
|1/8/2015 - Credit card Scams|
A concerned citizen from the Burin Peninsula informed us that they were just recently called by a phone scammer who was trying to get their credit card info in exchange for lower interest rates. Don`t become a victim of this type of scam. Check out the following link to read how you can protect yourself and what to do if you have been scammed.
|12/9/2014 - Meet ``TIPPER`` the Crime Stoppers Dog|
Crime Stoppers News
Rescued from a illegal Puppy mill in Newfoundland many years ago, a young sheep dog pup grew up strong, loyal and courageous.
Wanting to help others and dedicated to stopping illegal activity all over Newfoundland and Labrador the young dog adopted a new identity and spends his days traveling throughout Newfoundland and Labrador stopping criminal activity wherever it exists.
let us introduce "TIPPER" the crime fighting super dog.
|12/2/2014 - RNC Issue Advisory for Preventing Theft from Vehicles|
For Immediate Release December 1, 2014
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
RNC Issue Advisory for Preventing Theft from Vehicles
(ST. JOHN’S, NL) – December 1, 2014 - The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) would like to provide some tips to the public regarding personal vehicle security during the busy holiday shopping season. These tips are meant to help prevent vehicle break- ins, which could lead to theft of the vehicle itself or of the property stored inside the vehicle during this time of year:
• When shopping, place purchased items in the trunk or in a concealed location inside your vehicle. If your plan is to place your purchases in your vehicle and return to the store we advise you move your car to another section of the parking lot so if someone is watching you they will think you have left the area.
• Never leave a wallet, purse, personal documents or other valuables in a parked vehicle. Even empty boxes that are visible in your vehicle are enough to lure unwanted attention.
• Park in open, well-lit, and well-travelled areas.
• Secure all windows, lock all doors, and take your keys with you even if you are making a quick stop at a store, gas station, or even in your driveway.
• Never leave spare keys in your vehicle. An experienced thief knows all the hiding places. Store your spare keys in another location or on your person.
• Install an alarm system that will sound when someone attempts to break in, move, tilt, or start your vehicle. Always activate the system when exiting the vehicle.
The RNC would like to wish the general public a very safe and happy holiday Season.
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|11/26/2014 - Christmas Parades|
Going to the Christmas parades this year ?
Look for the Crime Stoppers Van and our very "special visitor" in the Santa Clause Parade in Mount Pearl and Paradise on December 6 and December 14, 2014
The Mount Pearl Parade starts at 10 am on Dec 6th while the Paradise parade starts at 1 pm from the Paradise Elementy school on Karwood Drive.
|11/4/2014 - Thanks to the Public|
Police took two more impaired drivers off the road yesterday afternoon thanks to tips from the public.
Just after 1:00 o`clock yesterday afternoon police stopped a 50-year-old man in the Kenmount Terrace area and charged him with impaired.
Just over an hour later RNC received a complaint of a possible impaired driver in the area of Long Pond in C.B.S. In that case, a 49-year-old man was also charged with driving while impaired.
Both men were released and will appear in court at a later date.
|9/22/2014 - Recovered Stolen Property-Badger,NL|
On September 10, 2014, Grand Falls-Windsor RCMP conducted a search of a residence in Badger, NL. A number of items were located and seized that had been stolen from cottages in the Central Newfoundland area. Charges are pending against a number of individuals from Badger and Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
For further information please contact.
Grand Falls-Windsor RCMP
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