Bay Roberts res­i­dent vic­tim of iden­tity theft

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The Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP an­swered 117 calls for ser­vice dur­ing the week of Nov. 14-20, 2012. 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.

Calls for ser­vice in­cluded 18 false alarms, 27 traf­fic re­lated com­plaints and 12 mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sions.

Nov. 14 • In­ves­ti­gat­ing an at­tempt at an iden­tity theft. A Bay Roberts res­i­dent ad­vised they had replied to a scam email which re­leased per­sonal in­for­ma­tion on their com­puter. A short while later, a Sco­tia­bank in On­tario called stat­ing a fe­male in On­tario tried to open ac­counts and cash cards us­ing the Bay Roberts res­i­dent’s name. For­tu­nately, the bank teller in On­tario was sus­pi­cious and the trans­ac­tion did not oc­cur. How­ever, the fe­male in On­tario was us­ing the Bay Roberts res­i­dents name and id. The mat­ter has been turned over to the Toronto Metro Po­lice.

• Re­sponded to two ve­hi­cle-moose col­li­sions within a cou­ple of hours of each other. The first oc­curred on the New Har­bour Bar­rons near Tilton. A sin­gle ve­hi­cle struck a moose, no in­juries and mi­nor dam­ages re­ported, the moose ran off. The sec­ond oc­curred near the south exit of Car­bon­ear on Veter­ans Me­mo­rial High­way. A sin­gle ve­hi­cle swerved to avoid a moose and went into the ditch. There was mod­er­ate dam­ages to the ve­hi­cle with no in­juries re­ported.

Nov. 15 • Re­sponded to a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sion and a moose on the Veter­ans Me­mo­rial High­way near Makin­sons. The driver was not in­jured but there was ex­ten­sive dam­age to the truck in­volved. The moose was killed and wildlife was called to re­move the an­i­mal.

• Re­sponded to a two-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion at Water Street and Main Road in Bay Roberts. Mi­nor in­juries re­ported to one driver and both ve­hi­cle re­ceived mod­er­ate dam­ages.

• Re­sponded to a house fire in South River. No in­juries re­ported as no one was in the apart­ment at the time. The fire started in a bed­room of an apart­ment in­side the res­i­dence.

Nov. 16 • Re­sponded to a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion with a moose on the main road in Bay Roberts near NAPA Auto Parts. Mi­nor dam­ages to the ve­hi­cle were re­ported. No in­juries to the driver and the moose ran off.

Nov. 17 • Ar­rested a 22-year-old fe­male from Bay Roberts af­ter a traf­fic stop on Route 70 in Bay Roberts. The fe­male al­legedly dis­played signs of im­pair­ment while driv­ing and the ve­hi­cle was stopped by the RCMP. The fe­male was taken into cus­tody and pro­vided a breath test. The fe­male has been charged with im­paired op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and driv­ing over 80 mil­ligrams. She was is­sued an au­to­matic sev­en­day sus­pen­sion and the ve­hi­cle she was op­er­at­ing had been towed. She is due in court Jan. 8, 2013 to an­swer to the charges.

• Ar­rested a 33-year-old male from Shearstown af­ter a traf­fic stop in Shearstown. The male was ar­rested as he al­legedly dis­played signs of driv­ing while im­paired. The male was taken for a breath test. He was pro­vided a seven-day sus­pen­sion from driv­ing and has been charged with im­paired op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and driv­ing over 80 mg. He is due in court Jan. 8, 2013.

Nov. 18 • Re­sponded to a house fire in North­ern Bay. Dam­ages to a res­i­dence were con­tained un­der the base­ment stairs and the fire was put out by the lo­cal fire bri­gade. The cause of the fire has been de­ter­mined to be a faulty water pump. Dam­ages were con­tained in the res­i­dence and were mi­nor.

• Is­sued a seven-day sus­pen­sion from driv­ing to a 55-year-old male from Bay Roberts. The male was is­sued the sus­pen­sion af­ter a traf­fic stop re­vealed he was over the pro­vin­cial driv­ing limit. The in­ci­dent oc­curred in Bay Roberts.

• Ar­rested a 45-year-old male from Robert’s Arm af­ter a traf­fic stop in Bay Roberts. The male was al­legedly driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and was de­tained for a breath test. The male has been charged with im­paired op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and driv­ing over 80 mg. He was is­sued the stan­dard seven-day sus­pen­sion or­der. His ve­hi­cle was towed.

Nov. 19 • In­ves­ti­gat­ing a hit-and-run col­li­sion which oc­curred at the Tilton Bingo Hall park­ing lot. Some­time dur­ing the evening, a beige colour ve­hi­cle struck a black Mazda that was on the lot. Po­lice are in­ter­ested in any in­for­ma­tion which may lead to the op­er­a­tor of the beige ve­hi­cle.

Nov. 20 • Re­sponded to seven false alarms in a 16hour pe­riod. RCMP ad­vise alarm own­ers to en­sure their alarms are in good work­ing or­der. A mem­ber may be de­layed in re­spond­ing to a true emer­gency when a false alarm is an­swered.

TIPS Frauds and Scams — We have dis­cussed th­ese mat­ters on a fairly fre­quent ba­sis, but it al­ways needs to be re­in­forced.

Over the past few months, many frauds and scams have come over the In­ter­net. Some of the scams in­volve fraud­u­lent web sights through scam emails, while oth­ers in­clude us­ing per­sonal web­sites for sales.

Re­cent com­plaints have been re­ceived about emails from Air Canada and Canada Post stat­ing your “bill” has been re­ceived / pro­cessed or the package has been re­ceived and to check at a cer­tain web­site which is con­ve­niently at­tached. Of course, we check as we did not or­der any­thing.

When we at­tach to th­ese web­site they down­load viruses to your com­puter which will al­low per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to be ob­tained or you en­ter per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to “cor­rect the prob­lem.” Th­ese are pure scams. Do not open the email or con­nect to the site if you have not or­dered any­thing.

An­other is­sue has been with the use of per­sonal sales sights such as Ki­jiji, eBay and New­found­land Clas­si­fieds. Th­ese sites are fine and for the most part safe. How­ever, scam artists are re­spond­ing to your sales re­quests with fraud­u­lent che­ques and us­ing overseas ac­counts. If some­one from France wants to buy your record player for $100, it is prob­a­bly not true. If they send you more money than it is worth and ask you to re­turn the dif­fer­ence, the cheque is a fraud. Stay lo­cal and al­ways be aware or use na­tion­ally rec­og­nized pay pro­ces­sors.

Report all scams and frauds to the Phone Busters Tip Line at 1-888-4958501, or email the na­tional Fraud Cen­tre at info@an­it­fraud­cen­tre.ca.

Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Events Re­mem­ber the RCMP Chil­dren’s Wish Tree will be lit on Dec. 1 at Har­bour Grace and Dec. 2 in Bay Roberts. This year we will keep the trees lit all sea­son and when we reach $1,000 in do­na­tions we will light the Chil­dren’s Wish Cloud in front of the tree. The RCMP Chil­dren’s Wish Cam­paign has be­gun and will run through the Christ­mas sea­son, un­til the new year.

If your com­mu­nity or com­mu­nity group is look­ing for RCMP involvement in your event you may con­tact the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion of­fices at Bay Roberts (786-2118) or Har­bour Grace (5965014). You may also con­tact the com­mu­nity polic­ing of­fi­cer di­rectly at 589-5635. Re­port­ing sus­pi­cious or crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP would like to re­mind 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 1-800222-8477. You can go on­line at www.nl­crimestop­pers.com or www.rock­tips.ca. Crime stop­pers NL is now on Twit­ter and Face­book.

Const. John Clarke is the com­mu­nity polic­ing and drug aware­ness of­fi­cer for the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP. He can be reached at 786-2110 (of­fice), 589-5635 (cell) or by email at John.W.Clarke@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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