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Microsoft Computer Scams Continue

posted Mar 27, 2017, 11:31 AM by Kathy Carr
RCMP Blue Hills Area report for the period of March 1 to 21, 2017.  During this time, police responded to approximately 113 calls for service, or incidents in the Town of Carberry, Municipality North Cypress-Langford and Municipality of Glen­boro-South Cypress;
March 5th; A Polaris XP1000 - green 2017 ATV was stolen from a property in the RM of North Cypress-Langford.  The vehicle was kept in an unlocked shed. The theft occurred during the previous day or night. To date the vehicle has not been recovered.
March 6th; A resident of Glenboro, advised that her vehicle was damaged on February 21st while parked at the Glenboro Pharmacy. The driver's side rear door was struck, causing damage to her black 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. To date the responsible party has not come forward. 
March 7th; Littering? Or mischief to property?  Police are asking assistance in determining the individual(s) responsible for discarding sunflower seeds in the lobby of the Carberry Post Office on a regular basis. Not only does this act of mischief cause a great deal of annoyance to those that enter the lobby and creates a mess for the janitorial staff, it can also result in a criminal charge of Mis­chief to Property. Anyone with information in this regard is asked to contact the police. 
March 8th; The "Mic­rosoft" computer scams continue to be received in the Carberry area. Pop up messages on personal computers direct the user to contact "Microsoft" immediately and to not shut down their computer.  Once the number displayed on the screen is called, the suspect requests the user to allow access to their computer.  Fortun­ately for this resident, she did not follow instructions and hung up. 
Street Clearing by Town of Carberry Public Works; RCMP would like to remind all driver's to adhere to street signage when in place so that snow removal can be done safely and efficiently. During the last clean up after the blizzard, several young adults were noted to be driving erratically and without due care and attention in the vicinity of the snow removal equipment and Town employees. Further incidents involving the same offenders will result in charges. Others are reminded to be observant and drive with caution when heavy equipment and Town employees are working on the streets.  Help prevent a collision and possible personal injury. 
March 19th; A resident in the Glenboro-South Cypress area reports the theft of grain from a silo on the farm property overnight. An estimated value of over $18,000. An auger had been left behind by the suspects and was subsequently seized by police. The matter re­mains under inves­tigation. 
The Better Business Bureau has listed the Top 10 Scams of 2016, here are a few: 
Employment scams: Advertisements for "work from home" deals with a promise to be paid a great sum of money is one example. Do your re­search before applying for any such jobs as this can result in a cheque cashing scheme.
Romance scams: A lot of money is given away to persons met through online dating sites. The suspects are rarely in the same country and can never meet in person. Do not wire any money in these circumstances. Pro­tect yourself and know who you are corresponding with.
Identity fraud: Gaining personal information in order to secure loans and credit cards. Change your online passwords frequently. Do not provide your personal information to anyone that you can't confirm is legitimate.
Canada Revenue Agency scam; The CRA does not make threatening phone calls or request your personal information over the phone or by email. 
For a complete list visit: BBB.org. and www.rcmp.ca for information on how to report your scams as well as prevention and tips in relation to cybercrime.
The RCMP are asking anyone with information regarding any unsolved crime to contact the Carberry RCMP at (204) 834-2905 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). 
 Authorized by;
 Cst. Matthew SMITH, A i/c,
Carberry Detachment
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