RCMP Report March 20 - 27

Cpl. Nathan Dame, Detachment Commander

Gabriola Island RCMP

Tuesday, March 28 2017

Eight total investigations responded to by the Gabriola RCMP.

The Gabriola RCMP would like to send out a big thank you to Adin Brenner. He located a wallet near the ferry terminal with over $500 cash. Brenner provided the wallet to his mother who in turn provided it to the RCMP. The RCMP located the owner and provided it to back to him.

March 20 - A report of a landlord and tenant dispute was received by the Gabriola RCMP.  The RCMP attended and found a temporary solution to this disagreement.

March 21 - A Mudge Island resident called to report that his boat was missing. The Gabriola RCMP remembered that the Nanaimo RCMP had recovered a small boat matching the same description a few days earlier at the Duke Point Ferry terminal. The Mudge Island resident was provided the information to contact Nanaimo so they could recover their boat. It is still under investigation to determine if the boat ran off to join the Ferries or had some help gaining its freedom.

March 22 - A report of Facebook harassment was investigated by the Gabriola RCMP. The constable spoke with all the parties involved and provided some advice.

March 23 -  the Mid Island Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) paid Gabriola a visit. They are a Provincial Unit that patrols 10 different detachment areas.   I asked them to patrol Taylor Bay Rd focusing on the unsafe U-Turn areas. 

The IRSU provided tickets for: two no insurance; three no drivers licence; two no seatbelts; four unsafe u-turn violation tickets; and arrested 1 prohibited driver. 

They also gave out five violation warnings. 

I have asked them to come back and focus again on the U-Turns as the ferry line ups are becoming busier.

March 23 - Traffic services attempted to stop a vehicle on North Rd near South Rd. The vehicle had other ideas and attempted to evade police by turning up a driveway. The driver then fled on foot with a constable a little ways behind them. The Gabriola RCMP stopped to assist and observed a person attempting to flee the area on foot. Cpl. Dame asked the person in his nicest voice possible to stop and come speak to him. To his surprise the person complied with his request resulting in the best possible outcome for all involved.

March Is Fraud 

Awareness Month:  

Frauds and scams are prevalent in any given community at any given time. The commonality amongst all is that they are created with one goal in mind- to take your money! March is Fraud awareness month and each week we will outline frauds which are active in our community. 

Canada Revenue 

Agency Scam

This involves an individual calling you at home impersonating the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), claiming a recent audit has identified discrepancies from past filed taxes. The caller states that repayment is required immediately. The caller will often threaten that failure to pay will result in additional fees and/or jail time or deportation. The caller then requests payment by a money service business or pre-paid cards / gift cards (iTunes).

The second part of this scam involves consumers receiving an email indicating a refund is pending from the CRA. The email includes a link that directs consumers to a website that mimics the actual CRA. Consumers are told to input personal information before receiving the refund (email money transfer). Victims that input their information, including Social Insurance Number (SIN), Date of Birth (DOB), banking information, are subject to identity fraud. No refund is ever issued.

How to protect yourself

1. The CRA will only use only registered mail to contact consumers and will never use email or contact you by phone.

2. If in doubt, contact the CRA to confirm you owe back taxes or are entitled to a refund at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/cntct/menu-eng.html

3. Never provide personal information to anyone over the phone. Ask who is calling, document information and do your homework.

4. The CRA would never request payment by money service business or i-tunes gift cards.

5. For more information about fraud scams involving the CRA, visit Protect yourself against fraud.

6. If you’ve shared personal information, contact Equifax and Trans Union to place fraud alerts on your account.

7. If you’ve mistakenly shared banking information, contact your financial institution to place alerts on your account.

8. If you receive a phone call or email from someone claiming to represent the CRA, it is a scam. Simply hang up on the call and if it is an email, delete it.

9. If you were tricked into providing personal information, contact your local police agency. Otherwise, report the incident the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre does not conduct investigations but provides valuable assistance to law enforcement agencies all over the world by identifying connections among seemingly unrelated cases. Your information may provide the piece that completes the puzzle