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From Nov. 10-16, Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP re­sponded to 130 com­plaints and calls to ser­vice from the cit­i­zens in our district. Our rou­tine ev­ery­day traf­fic en­force­ment du­ties are not in­cluded in that to­tal. The fol­low­ing is a snap­shot of sev­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tions over the last week which high­lights the na­ture of some calls we re­ceived and iden­ti­fies in­ci­dents that the pub­lic can pos­si­bly help us with by pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion. mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic that they are en­cour­aged to re­port any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing sus­pi­cious or crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity to their lo­cal po­lice de­tach­ment. You can re­port your in­for­ma­tion in per­son, by phone or you can be anony­mous by call­ing Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-2228477. www.nl­crimestop­pers.com.

Some help­ful tips

Fraud and Money Or­ders and Free Money Of­fers!!!!! Re­mem­ber, if it seems to good to be true, then it prob­a­bly is.

Over the In­ter­net, if you re­ceive of­fers to ac­cept a cheque or money for no rea­son and then to cash the cheque, there is a scam in­volved. Please see be­low for more de­tail. If you ques­tion ac­tiv­ity on your cell phone, e-mail, in the mail or over the phone, con­tact your lo­cal RCMP or you may con­tact PhoneBusters at 1-888-495-8501 or www.phonebusters.com.

Prize pitch

A con­sumer may come in con­tact with a prize pitch scam by e-mail, tele­phone or mail. This scam is usu­ally a prize no­ti­fi­ca­tion. The con­sumer is led to be­lieve that, to be able to re­ceive or col­lect the prize, they must pay a se­ries of bo­gus taxes and fees. A vari­a­tion of this scheme would be when the con­sumer is asked to pur­chase a prod­uct or ser­vice in or­der to re­ceive the prize. It is im­por­tant for all con­sumers to know that if they do win a le­git­i­mate prize, there are no taxes or fees to be paid in or­der to re­ceive a prize in Canada.

Counterfeit cheques

Counterfeit cheques are ei­ther al­tered or fab­ri­cated. They are com­monly as­so­ci­ated with the “too good to be true” sce­nar­ios. These scams in­clude prize pitch scams, ad­vance fee loans scams, fraud­u­lent lot­tery scams, job scams and on­line auc­tion scams. In a typ­i­cal sce­nario, in ex­change for goods or ser­vices, the po­ten­tial vic­tim is of­fered a cheque that the buyer sup­pos­edly al­ready has in his/her pos­ses­sion.

The amount of the cheque will be more than is ow­ing, the po­ten­tial vic­tim is asked to take the counterfeit cheque and re­im­burse the dif­fer­ence. This fraud cap­i­tal­izes on cheque pro­cess­ing de­lays. The bank will hold the vic­tim re­spon­si­ble for the counterfeit cheque. Never ac­cept cheques larger than the trans­ac­tion value and al­ways wait for the cheque to be fully cleared be­fore de­liv­er­ing the goods or ser­vices. If it sounds to good to be true, it sim­ply is. Caveat Emp­tor! (Buyer Be­ware!)

Up­com­ing events

Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP and the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion and Bay Roberts Crime Pre­ven­tion Com­mit­tee’s would like to in­vite mem­bers of the pub­lic to the Chil­dren’s Wish tree-light­ing cer­e­monies held at our two district of­fices.

• Har­bour Grace — Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the RCMP de­tach­ment. En­ter­tain­ment by The Bac­calieu Sound, with re­fresh­ments of hot choco­late and cake.

• Bay Roberts — Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the RCMP de­tach­ment. En­ter­tain­ment by The Catara choir, with re­fresh­ments of hot choco­late and cake.

Please come out and sup­port our com­mu­nity. You can drop do­na­tions off at ei­ther one of our RCMP de­tach­ments in Trin­ity Con­cep­tion or dur­ing the tree light­ing cer­e­monies.

Merry Christ­mas Const. Steve Black­more

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