During the week of August 10th 2015 – August 16th 2015 the Kitimat RCMP responded to 83 calls for service, some of which are as follows:
On Monday August 10th the Kitimat RCMP received a complaint from an individual who felt that he was the victim of fraud. The complainant stated that he completed a transaction online in order to obtain a loan. The complainant sent money to the corporation only to determine that it was not a legitimate business and that the money sent was now unrecoverable.
The Kitimat RCMP are suggesting to the public only to deal with legitimate financial institutions for loans and transactions.
On Thursday August 13th the Kitimat RCMP received a complaint of a theft of a trailer. The trailer, a black PJ Cargo trailer had been used to hold a water tank at the Kitimat Snowflake Grounds and had been stolen within the preceding few days. The water tank had been removed and left at the grounds. There was no license plate on the trailer.
On Friday August 14th the Kitimat RCMP received a complaint of a stolen vehicle. This vehicle was a newer pickup truck with a factory immobilizer. Through investigation it was learned that the vehicle was possibly left unlocked with a spare key inside it. The vehicle was later located on Sunday August 17th when the RCMP and fire were called to a vehicle fire off the Kitamaat Village Road. Individuals well known to the Kitimat RCMP Detachment were located nearby and the investigation is ongoing.
On Friday August 14th The Kitimat RCMP received a fraud complaint from a victim a telephone scam. The complainant stated that they received a call from the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) to scare them into paying fictitious debt to the CRA. The complainant felt obligated to send money through a well-known 3rd party money transaction corporation to an individual in Edmonton Alberta. The complainant admitted to doing so, but felt that this method was not authentic and called the RCMP prior to sending more money. This scam is common enough that the CRA has an extensive website detailing their concerns on others using their name to extort money from individuals.
For information on scams or to report deceptive telemarketing contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca
or toll free at 1-888-495-8501. If you believe you may be the victim of fraud or have given personal or financial information unwittingly, contact your local police service.
If anyone has knowledge of these crimes or any other or who is responsible, please contact the Kitimat RCMP at 250-632-7111. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit their web site at www.crimestoppers.ca
They are open 24/7. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display and calls are not traced or recorded. You do not have to give your name, address or telephone number and you do not need to testify in court. If your information leads to an arrest or charge you may be eligible for a cash award of up to $2000.00.