Rimbey RCMP responded to 28 calls for service between March 8-14.
The calls included two thefts of trucks, one theft from a motor vehicle file, one assault investigation, one break and enter and two fraud related complaints.
On March 8 a locked truck was broken into while parked at a community hall.
RCMP report the suspect broke a window and stole a purse, wallet, and a cell phone from the vehicle. A credit card that was taken and used at multiple locations around Westerose.
“This incident is currently still under investigation. This serves as another reminder to please protect yourself and take all valuables out of your vehicle when possible,” Rimbey RCMP say in a press release.
Also on March 8, at approximately 2 pm a truck was stolen from a parking lot in Rimbey. The truck was the suspect vehicle in multiple occurrences before being recovered in Yellowhead County near Edson, RCMP say.
Two males have been charged by Edson RCMP in relation to possession of the stolen truck from our area.
March is fraud prevention month, the following is a few things to keep in mind to protect yourself.
RCMP say telephone calls are the most common method used by scammers, but frauds are also initiated through emails and text messages.
Below are the top methods that are used to initiate fraud through email or text:
Spoofing – Scammers use spoofing tactics to change their display name, phone number or email. In emails, hover over the sender’s name, hit reply or look at the email’s properties to reveal the sender’s real email address.
Automation – Scammers use automated messaging to quickly and simultaneously reach a large amount of people. Depending on the information they have already collected, they can:
- choose who the messages go to
- decide when to send them
- personalize them
- Scammers gain hack into email accounts to impersonate the victim and attempt fraud
- With consumer accounts, they may send an email to the victim’s entire contact list asking for money urgently due to an emergency
- With business accounts, they may set up an email forwarding rule to receive a copy of all incoming emails to their own email account
How to protect yourself from fraud initiated by email or text
- You can report spam under Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL)
- Look at the email address domain:
- Most businesses have personalized domains
- Scammers will use free domains, such as @outlook, @hotmail, @gmail etc.
- Analyze the sender’s email address:
- Hover over the sender’s name or visible email address to see if it’s been spoofed
- Look closely at the domain as scammers often use ones that are very close to legitimate ones