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2011-08-04 RCMP Daily News Summary

2011-08-04 RCMP Grande Prairie Detachment – Daily News Summary

Between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. today, Thursday August 4, 2011 the Grande Prairie RCMP received 34    reports and/or calls for service of which include:

– 4 reported 911 calls

– 1 report of abandoned vehicle

– 2 reports of assault

– 1 request to assist other agencies/police services

– 2 reports of break and enter

– 1 report canceled

– 6 reports of false alarm

– 1 report of harassment

– 3 reports of impaired driving

– 1 report of liquor act violation

– 1 report of suspicious person/vehicle

– 4 reports of theft including:

– theft of a 2007 Kawasaki KX Dirtbike

– 6 reports traffic related including 4 motor vehicle collisions

– 1 report ( assist general public)

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ITS THE LAW – Call Centers

ITS THE LAW

Any time you call an 800 number (for a credit card, banking, charter communications, health and other insurance, computer help desk, etc.  etc. )and you find that you’re talking to a foreign customer service representative (with an accent difficult to understand/ perhaps in India, Philippines, etc), please consider doing the following:

After you connect and you realize that the Customer Service Representative is not working in Canada. (you can always ask,  if you are not sure about the accent), please, very politely (this is not about trashing other cultures) say, “I’d like to speak to a Customer Service Representative in Canada.”

The rep might suggest talking to his/her manager, but, again, politely say, “Thank you, but I’d like to speak to a Customer Service Representative in Canada .”

YOU WILL BE IMMEDIATELY CONNECTED TO A REP IN CANADA ..

That’s the rule and the LAW.

It takes less than one minute to have your call re-directed to Canada .

Tonight when I got redirected to a Canadian Rep, I asked again to make sure – and yes, she was from Calgary .

Imagine what would happen if every Canadian Citizen insisted on talking to only Canadian phone reps,   from this day on.

Imagine how that would ultimately impact the number of Canadian jobs that would need to be created ASAP.

If I tell 10 people to consider this and you tell 10 people to consider doing this – see what I mean…it becomes an exercise in viral marketing 101.

Remember – the goal here is to restore jobs back here at home – not to be abrupt or rude to a foreign phone rep. You may even get correct answers, good advice, and solutions to your problem – in real English.

If you agree, please tell 10 people you know, and ask them to tell 10 people they know….etc…etc

Oil & Gas Companies Warned of False Environmental Registry

July 28, 2011
Oil & Gas Companies Warned of False Environmental Registry
Contact:
Jessica Potter, Alberta Environment, Communications
780-427-6267

The Government of Alberta is alerting members of Alberta’s oil and gas industry to a scheme requesting payment of environmental fees.

A number of companies in the oil and gas sector have received invoices purporting to be issued by “Alberta Environmental Registry” requesting payment of funds through wire services for environmental and compliance fees. The invoices suggest that the fees are associated with a Government of Alberta program. The Government of Alberta has no affiliation with this program, nor the Alberta Environmental Registry.

The invoice asks for companies to pay an “environmental and compliance fee on active single-well oil/gas battery’s [sic] … commencing with the 2010 production year.”

Additionally, the invoice falsely states that legislation authorizes the registry to place a late payment penalty of 20 per cent on any unpaid amount.

Any oil and gas operator unsure of the legitimacy of an invoice is urged to contact the nearest Alberta Environment regional office.

RCMP Overnight News Summary – 2011-07-29

2011-07-29 RCMP Grande Prairie Detachment – Overnight News Summary

Between 4:00 p.m. Thursday July 28, 2011 and 7:00 a.m. today, Friday July 29, 2011 the Grande Prairie RCMP received 44 reports and/or calls for service of which include:

–   4 reported 911 calls

–   2 reports of assault

–   2 requests to assist other agencies/police services

–   1 report drug related

–   7 reports of disturbing the peace

–   4 reports of false alarm

–   2 reports of impaired driving

–   1 report of mischief

–   1 report of suspicious person/vehicle

–   1 report of theft

–   9 reports traffic related including 6 motor vehicle collisions

– 10 reports ( assist general public, other criminal code, provincial acts)

She Shot Him 6 Times!

She Shot Him 6 Times!
TRUE STORY FROM…
“THE HOUSTON HERALD NEWSPAPER”
IN HOUSTON, TEXAS
MARCH 5th, 2009

6 times Granny

Last Thursday Night Around Midnight, a Woman From Houston, Texas Was Arrested,
Jailed, And Charged With Manslaughter For Shooting A Man 6 Times In The Back As He Was Running Away With Her Purse.

The Following Monday Morning,
The Woman Was Called In Front Of the Arraignment Judge, Sworn In,
And asked to explain Her Actions.

The Woman Replied,”I Was Standing At the Corner Bus Stop
For About 15 Minutes, Waiting For The Bus To Take Me Home After Work.

I Am A Waitress At A Local Cafe….
I Was There Alone, So I Had My Right Hand on My Pistol,
That Was In My Purse, which Was Hung Over, My Left Shoulder.

All Of A Sudden I Was BeingSpun Around Hard To My Left.
As I Caught My Balance, I Saw a Man Running Away From Me with My Purse.

I Looked Down At My Right Hand And I SawThat My Fingers Were Wrapped Tightly
Around My Pistol.The Next Thing I Remember Is Saying Out Loud,
“No Way Punk! You’re not stealing My Pay Check and Tips.”

I Raised My Right Hand, Pointed My Pistol At The Man Running Away From Me With My Purse,
And Squeezed The Trigger Of My Pistol 6 Times!

When Asked By the Arraignment Judge, “Why Did You Shoot the Man 6 Times?
The Woman Replied Under Oath,
“Because, When I Pulled The Trigger The 7th Time, It Only Went Click.”

The Woman Was Acquitted Of All Charges.She Was Back At Work, At The Cafe, The Next Day!
Now that’s Gun Control…

Grandmother victim of “grandparent scam”

Grandmother victim of “grandparent scam” – One man charged by RCMP “A” Division’s Commercial Crime Section

OTTAWA – July 14, 2011 – The Commercial Crime Section of the RCMP’s “A” Division (NCR) has charged one man in relation to a “grandparent scam.” An Ottawa woman received a phone call from a person claiming to be her grandson, he told her that he was in jail and needed money to be released.  Not wanting to leave him sitting in jail, the woman immediately went to a money transfer service business and sent him $3,600.  Later that evening, she spoke to her actual grandson who told her that he was not the one who called her, nor had he asked for funds. She subsequently reported the fraud.

Kwame Frimpong, 47, from the Montreal area, was charged last Friday, July 8, with fraud under $5,000 (section 380 (1) of the Criminal Code), identity theft (section 402.2 (1) of the Criminal Code), and identity fraud (section 403 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code).

Emergency or “Grandparent” Scam – Protect senior relatives and friends

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) warns the public to be on alert after noting a marked increase in the number of complaints about the “Emergency Scam” (which is sometimes referred to as the “Grandparent Scam”) in the last two months. Protect your relatives and friends who could easily be targeted by speaking with them about this specific scam.

In the typical scenario, a grandparent receives a phone call from a con artist claiming to be one of his or her grandchildren. The caller goes on to say that they are in some kind of trouble and need money immediately. Typically, they claim they’ve been in a car accident, they’ve had trouble returning from a foreign country or they need bail money.

Victims don’t verify the story until after the money has been sent as the caller specifically says that they do not want other relatives to know what has happened. They will ask “Can you please help me?  I’m in jail (or in the hospital, or in some type of financial need). But don’t tell Dad. He would kill me if he found out, please send the money ASAP. I’m scared.” Wanting to help their grandchild, the victim sends the money via a money transfer company.

There are variations to the scam in that the caller could be an old neighbour, a friend of the family, etc., but predominantly, the emergency scam is directed toward grandparents.

Offer the following to suggestions to your relatives or friends who could be targeted:

  • If they receive this type of phone call, ask them to provide as few details as possible to the caller. Instead, they should ask the caller to provide his/her name.
  • They should make contact with family members of the supposed relative who is requesting the money transfer. Most times, they’ll find out that the relative is safe and the request is a fraud.

Statistics

From January to May 2011, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) received a total of 1,537 complaints from Canadian consumers about the Emergency/Grandparent Scam; of those 251 are victims with a total reported dollar loss of $873,537.31. In Ontario during the same time frame, 881 complaints were received. Of these 143 were victims with a total reported dollar loss of $475,860.58.

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (previously Phonebusters) was established in January 1993 and is jointly operated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Competition Bureau Canada.

CAFC is a national call centre where victims can report fraud complaints. The information is used to assist in investigations.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre plays a key role in educating the public about specific fraudulent mass marketing and identity theft pitches. It also helps to prevent similar crimes from taking place in the future through its ability to identify emerging trends.

Read about common scams or “pitches” at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

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Contact:
Cst. Julie Morel, Media Relations Officer
Communication and Public Relations Unit
RCMP “A” Division
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