RCMP warn of a possible ongoing fraud involving local residents and online consumer sites like kijiji. Consumers using these sites should be aware that criminals will make contact with them by purchasing an item they have for sale. It is now a well-established fraud that the “buyer” will buy the item using a cheque or claiming to have used Paypal, but for some reason they have overpaid for the item and want the “seller” to refund them the amount owing. By the time the “seller” realizes the scam, they have sent money to the buyer along with the item they supposedly purchased.
Ashcroft RCMP have received a couple of recent complaints about receiving calls from a “purchaser” who claims to have paid for their item using Paypal, and to have overpaid. The telephone number displayed is a local number, but the call is actually from abroad.
Police advises anyone using an internet consumer to contact Paypal and make sure they money is in their account, or that the cheque has passed through their bank, before concluding the sale. The seller should use caution if the “buyer” claims to have overpaid and wants repayment.
Bank window smashed
Nov. 19 at 9 am a patrolling officer noted a smashed window at the Royal Bank in Cache Creek. The suspect rock was found resting in the flowerbed underneath the window. No entry was gained to the building, and it is doubtful that a break and enter was the motive. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the RCMP at 453-2216.
Passenger receives prohibition
Nov. 19 at 2 pm a traffic services officer pulled over a 2003 Landrover on Hwy 97 at Cariboo Ave. in Clinton because the male passenger was not wearing a seat belt. The 31 year old Williams Lake man was flagged to be served with a driving prohibition, which he received as well as a ticket for not wearing a seat belt.
Driving ban and drugs
Nov. 20 at 2 pm a traffic services officer stopped a southbound vehicle on Hwy 1 north of Lytton. The driver was arrested for driving while prohibited and a small amount of marijuana was seized from him. He was charged with driving while prohibited and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.
Missing son wasn’t missing
Nov. 24 an Ashcroft woman reported her 42 year old son as missing because he didn’t return from Alberta when he said he would. Investigation revealed that his truck was still parked at the Kamloops airport. Further investigation determined that he had stayed an extra night in Calgary and was fine.
Man arrested for uttering threats
Nov. 24 at 2 pm RCMP assisted Kamloops RCMP with the arrest of a 32 year old Ashcroft man who was wanted for uttering threats during an incident earlier that day in Kamloops. Police also assisted a 26 year old Kamloops worman retrieve her belongings from the man’s home in Ashcroft.
Nov. 25 a warrant was issued for the arrest of a 26 Ashcroft man for failing to appear in Kamloops court to answer a charge of mischief, stemming from an Aug. 10 incident.