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Posted: December 5, 2022

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Cpl. Jeff Witzke

This past week, November 28 through December 5, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 48 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

Ill trucker pulled over near Brisco for two days

On Monday November 28, Columbia Valley RCMP was made aware of an 18-wheeler transport truck that had been parked at a pullout just off Highway 95 near Brisco for the last 48 hours. Members attended the location where they located the vehicle still parked. The driver was inside and informed members that he became ill and was waiting until he felt better before carrying on.

FIDO scam stings local

On Tuesday November 29, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report from a person who fell victim to a fraudulent phone scam. The victim received a call from someone pretending to be with FIDO and was wanting personal information; date of birth, drivers license, Social insurance number etc.

Catalytic converter stolen from vehicle in Invermere

On December 1, Columbia Valley RCMP was made aware of a mischief to a vehicle in Invermere. The vehicle was parked in an underground parkade where someone cut out the catalytic converter. It is unknown when the theft occurred as the vehicle had been parked for the last six months.

Facebook scam involved equipment sold that wasn’t being sold

On December 1, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a fraudulent scam that occurred over Facebook. The complainant put a deposit down for a piece of equipment that was being sold on Facebook and located in Cranbrook. When the complainant went to pick up the item, the address in Cranbrook was real, however, the owner had no idea what was going on and had not posted any items on Facebook for sale.

Visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre for more info about scams

The RCMP receive numerous complaints regarding fraudulent scams every week.  A lot of these scams are very convincing and it can be difficult to differentiate between a real company and a fraudulent caller. If interested in learning more about the recent scams and frauds, you can go online and visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

– Cpl. Jeff Witzke is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander

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