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SaskPower Advisory – Texting scam

Saskatchewan RCMP and SaskPower are advising the public of an apparent “phishing” scam being delivered via text message.

The message advises people that they have received a payment or refund from SaskPower and provides a link where they are asked to provide personal/banking information.

SaskPower advises that they never request banking information via text or other electronic means.

Saskatchewan RCMP wants to remind the public never to provide personal or financial information in response to any electronic communication advising of a supposed windfall. Always ensure you only provide such information to a trusted source in a secure manner.

Missing

Missing

Missing-Ashley Nicole Morin

 
Battlefords RCMP are requesting the public's assistance in locating Ashley Nicole Morin, last seen in the city of North Battleford on Tuesday July 10th, 2018 at approximately 10:30 PM. 
 
Ashley Morin is described as a 31 year old first nations female, approximately 5'2" tall and weighing 110 lbs.  She has long black hair, brown eyes and she was last seen wearing grey sweat pants, a black t-shirt with white writing on it, a black hat and sunglasses.  Ashley's family and police are concerned about her well being.
 
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ashley Morin are asked to contact the Battlefords RCMP at 306-446-1720 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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STARS Lottery Scam

Battlefords RCMP have been receiving complaints about STARS lottery scams where the callers are claiming to represent STARS Air Ambulance and telling people that they have won new vehicles, as well as cash prizes ranging from $30,000.00 to $175,000.00.  Everyone dreams of winning a big lottery prize.  Unfortunately the Fraudster are known to take advantage of this and will attempt to manipulate people by falsely claiming they have won an extravagant prize and asking them to send payment in order to claim their prize. 

To protect yourself, always keep these points in mind:

You will never be asked to send money to claim any lottery prize. If you are being asked to send a cheque, money order, or payment of any kind to claim your lottery prize, it is a scam. Hang up the phone or delete the email.
You can check with STARS directly to verify if you are a winner. You are able to check the official lottery winners list on their website or contact them to confirm if you have won a prize. Always use the official number and website, and not the ones a Fraudster may provide. In Saskatchewan you can call 1-855-449-2444, or email [email protected] to see if you have actually won a prize, you can also visit http:// starslotterysaskatchewan.ca/  to check the list of official prize winners.
If you receive a scam lottery call, do not under any circumstances provide personal details, or send any money. Please hang up, record the number calling, then advise your local police department or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, or visit their website at http://www.antifraudcentre- centreantifraude.ca/. 
Anyone with information about this or any other crimes are asked to call Battlefords RCMP at (306) 446-1720. If you prefer to remain anonymous please call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers with your information at 1-800-222-8477. Crimes Stoppers will pay up to $2000.00 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for any serious crime. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display, nor are your calls traced or recorded. You can also submit a tip online atwww.saskcrimestoppers.com.

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SaskPower warning province about scammers calling customers

SaskPower is warning that scammers are targeting people in the province, threatening to cut off service if a payment is not immediately made on the spot.

The Crown corporation says it doesn't operate in such a manner, nor does it accept payments such as Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.

SaskPower says if an account is overdue, a payment plan can be arranged.

If someone calls you about your SaskPower account, do not give them any information. Instead, hang up and call SaskPower's customer service line at 1-888-757-6937.

You're also asked to consider reporting the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

SaskPower says it is working with authorities in an investigation into the matter.

Unsolved Crimes

Unsolved Crimes

Historical Criminal Negligence Causing Death

 

Prince Albert RCMP continue to investigate a historical Criminal Negligence Causing Death which occurred on the night of May 4th, 1985. A grid road northeast of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in the RM of Paddockwood was washed out from heavy rains that year and was marked with signs on both sides of the wash out.  Unknown person(s) removed the sign from one side of the washout; subsequently, 23 year old Jacqueline Lavoie drove her car into the washed out portion of the roadway and died from injuries sustained in the collision.  Two passengers were seriously injured.

The Prince Albert RCMP are requesting any further information the public can provide in regards to the person(s) who removed the signage which caused the collision.  Anyone with information can contact the Prince Albert RCMP Provincial GIS at (306)765-2105 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 .

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Fraudulent Emails and Phone Calls

Battleford’s RCMP would like let everyone know that there are fraudulent emails and phone calls that are occurring in the area, where people are seeking personal information and/or donations on behalf of different agencies including the RCMP.

 

Although it is the season of giving and many agencies do make contact with people for a genuine purpose there are fraudsters out there that are malicious and looking to take advantage of people and defraud them of their hard earned money.

 

It is suggested that if you receive a call for a donation to any agency that you request information on that agency and do your research before committing to any type of donation. 

 

As well you should never give your personal information such as date of birth, social insurance number or other such information out over the phone or via email.  Never reply to these emails or open any attached documents.

 

If the person or persons claim they are from your financial institution and there are issues with you account, go and see your bank directly or call the number on the back of your bank card to discuss the situation.  It is very rare that a bank would ever contact you over email or via a phone call.  It is always safer if you contact them directly yourself.

 

Battleford’s RCMP would also like to remind you that we do not call looking for donations to programs nor to the RCMP.

 

Should you receive a phone call, email or letter from anyone requesting personal information please do your background checks and if in doubt call the local detachment to discuss the situation.

 

These types of frauds can see people lose significant amounts of money and even their life savings.  Often the perpetrators prey on the elderly even claiming to be relatives and requesting money to help them through a variety of situations or hard times.

 

If you suspect any type of fraud or suspicious activity, please do not hesitate to call the local RCMP Detachment.

 

We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. 

If you require assistance, please contact the Battleford's RCMP at 306-446-1720 or in case of an emergency call 911.  You can also report crime anonymously to Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Dramatic Increase in STARS Lottery Scams – Unity, Saskatchewan

Over the holiday season, the Unity RCMP have noted a significant increase in the number of lottery scams reported to police. Most notably, were calls from Scammers claiming to represent STARS Air Ambulance and telling people that they have won new vehicles, as well as cash prizes ranging from $30,000.00 to $175,000.00.  Everyone dreams of winning a big lottery prize. Unfortunately Scammers are known to take advantage of this and will attempt to manipulate people by falsely claiming they have won an extravagant prize and asking them to send payment in order to claim their prize. To protect yourself, always keep these points in mind:

You will never be asked to send money to claim any lottery prize. If you are being asked to send a cheque, money order, or payment of any kind to claim your lottery prize, it is a scam. Hang up the phone or delete the email.
You can check with STARS directly to verify if you are a winner. You are able to check the official lottery winners list on their website or contact them to confirm if you have won a prize. Always use the official number and website, and not the ones a Scammer may provide. In Saskatchewan you can call 1-855-449-2444, or email [email protected] to see if you have actually won a prize, you can also visit http:// starslotterysaskatchewan.ca/  to check the list of official prize winners.
If you receive a scam lottery call, do not under any circumstances provide personal details, or send any money. Please hang up, record the number calling, then advise your local police department or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, or visit their website at http://www.antifraudcentre- centreantifraude.ca/. 
Anyone with information about this or any other crimes are asked to call the Unity RCMP at (306) 228-6300, the Wilkie RCMP at (306) 843-3480 or the Macklin RCMP at (306) 753-2171. If you prefer to remain anonymous please call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers with your information at 1-800-222-8477. Crimes Stoppers will pay up to $2000.00 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for any serious crime. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display, nor are your calls traced or recorded. You can also submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

 

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Revenue Canada Email Scam

Humboldt RCMP are warning the public about a new scam involving the Canada Revenue Agency. In this scam, an email is received advising that you have an Interact e-transfer from the CRA with a tax refund. This email appears legitimate and there is usually a short time frame to accept the money transfer.  By accepting the transfer you are allowing other people to access your computer and on-line banking information. DO NOT accept the e-transfer. CRA does not send out e-transfers.  CRA only handles refunds by either depositing the funds directly into you bank account or a cheque is mailed to you.
 
For information on how to protect yourself against fraud, including how to recognize a scam and examples of fraudulent communications, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ scrty/frdprvntn/menu-eng.html

 

Other Resources:

 

Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at 1-888-654-9426.

SeniorBusters Program at 1-888-495-8501 toll free, anywhere in North America

Missing

Missing

Missing-Mekayla Bali

The investigation to locate Mekayla Bali continues and the RCMP is asking the public for their assistance.  Mekayla was last seen at the STC Bus Depot in Yorkton at 1:45 p.m. on April 12, 2016.

Mekayla is described as a Caucasian female, approximately 5'2" tall and weighs approximately 114 lbs, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is known to change her appearance: she has red-ish hair which can be dyed blonde or other colours and she wears her hair down, pulled back, straight or wavy. She sometimes wears dark rimmed (teal) glasses and a teal/mint coloured infinity scarf. When Mekayla was reported missing she was 16-years-old; she has since turned 17-years-old. Mekayla also goes by the name Mekayla NIEBERGALL.

Since Mekayla was reported missing by her family on April 12, 2016, investigators have been working diligently to locate her.  A critical part of this has been tracking her movements and actions in the hours before she was last seen.  By examining evidence obtained through witness statements, video surveillance and other investigational techniques, investigators have determined the following whereabouts for Mekayla on April 12, 2016:

Approximately 8:20 a.m. – arrived at Sacred Heart High School
Between 8:25 and 8:30 a.m. - leaves Sacred Heart High School
Between 8:30 and 8:40 a.m. - walks eastbound on Smith Street West from the intersection of Smith Street West and Gladstone Avenue North
Between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. - enters Terry’s Pawn and Bargain on 3rd Avenue North.
Between 8:50 and 8:55 a.m. - enters and then exits the TD Bank at 63 Broadway Street East
Between 8:55 and 9:00 a.m. - walks eastbound on Broadway Street East
Between 9:00 and 9:15 a.m. - enters Tim Hortons at 160 Broadway Street East
Between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. - exits Tim Hortons and walks northbound on 8th Avenue North. 
Between 9:30 and 9:40 a.m. - walks westbound on 100-200 block Broadway Street East then momentarily walks northbound on 6th Avenue North
Between 9:40 and 9:50 a.m. - walks eastbound in the parking lot of the 100-200 block of Broadway Street East between Giant Tiger and Superstore
Between 9:50 and 9:55 a.m. - re-enters Tim Hortons at 160 Broadway Street East
Between 10:40 and 10:45 a.m. – leaves Tim Hortons and walks westbound on Broadway Street East past the Kia Dealership, crosses the 7th Avenue intersection toward the Ramada Hotel, turns around and walks southbound on 7th Avenue for a short distance, turns around and walks past the Ramada Hotel, continuing west on Broadway Street East and past Robins Donuts
Between 10:45 and 11:55 a.m. – whereabouts unknown
Between 11:55 a.m and 12 p.m. - enters Sacred Heart High School
Between 12:00 and 12:05 p.m. - leaves Sacred Heart High School
Between 12:15 and 1:00 p.m. – purchases a meal at the Trail Stop Restaurant in the STC Bus Depot Building on 1 Ave North
Between 1:00 and 1:45 p.m. – leaves the STC Bus Depot

Police have received information regarding an unknown adult male who may have information relating to Mekayla’s actions before she was last seen.  This male may have been with Mekayla at the STC Bus Depot on 1st Avenue North in Yorkton.  This unknown male has a tattoo below his left elbow of a cross with flames around it (see attached image). He is described as:

Male between 40 and 50 years old
5’10” to 6’2” in height
Stocky, medium build with muscular arms
Dark hair
Wearing a dark navy vest jacket with an elastic waist band in back
Has a tattoo on his triceps/bicep area of his right arm that appeared to be a circle with several designs with multiple colors
Has a scar or scratch below his left eye on his cheek approximately ¾ to an inch in length, appeared to be red in color

This individual is NOT a suspect. Investigators simply wish to identify this individual and speak with him to assist with efforts to locate Mekayla.

While Mekayla was last seen in the STC Bus Depot in Yorkton, investigators have spoken with the employees working at the bus depot and determined she did not board a bus on April 12. Rumours have circulated that Mekayla is in either Regina or Saskatoon.  Additionally, several sightings and tips have been reported to police. These have all been investigated and Mekayla has not been located.

Investigators have found no evidence Mekayla has a passport and investigators have no reason to believe she has left Canada. However, as is standard practice in an investigation like this, our law enforcement partners at border crossings have been notified the RCMP is looking for Mekayla.  All leads are being thoroughly investigated and investigators are not ruling out any possibilites.

Investigators will continue looking for Mekayla until she is located.  Anyone who was in the areas where Mekayla was last seen on April 12, 2016 is asked to please take a moment and think back to that day and contact police with any information relating to her whereabouts.  Investigators are hoping a member of the public will be able to provide information that will assist with filling in the time period of 10:45 – 11:55 a.m.  If you have information to share or if you see Mekayla, do not wait - please contact police or report it IMMEDIATELY.

If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip via their website: http://saskcrimestoppers.com.