Bay Roberts resident victim of identity theft
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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