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March 1, 2017

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Be Aware & Avoid Being Victimized - March Is Fraud Prevention Month

March is Fraud Prevention Month, and in conjunction with other agencies from the community, the Winnipeg Police Service will be participating in events to help educate citizens on how they can protect themselves from fraud.

These events include:

National Twitter event – March 9th, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., 2 Good 2 B True Day  at #2G2BT hosted by the Competition Bureau at @CompBureau

Twitter conversation - March 23rd, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., #WPSFraudSquad, you can even submit your questions in advance this year via twitter @wpgpolice

Fourth annual “Shred It” Event - Friday, March 31st, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. Vital Centre parking lot outside Silver City.  A maximum of two bags or boxes per person to this FREE event please.

This year, the Winnipeg Police Service has created a video to raise awareness about a common fraud that affects hundreds of Canadians each year – the so-called Romance scam.

Romance scams are one of the most devastating frauds because not only is there a potential for a large loss of money, but an emotional loss as well. The scammer will imbed herself/himself into the victim’s life and develop a relationship over a period of time.  Eventually the scammer will begin to manipulate the victim to provide money for travel expenses, payments to foreign governments, or medical expenses.

Preventing fraud takes an awareness to recognize when an offering is false, in knowing how to protect your personal information, and in how to prevent yourself from falling to pressure tactics from con artists. These events are designed to provide education and reduce losses to involving fraud.

The Winnipeg Police Service would like to remind citizens of the following:

- Never send money to anyone you only know from an unsolicited phone call or email
- Avoid providing sensitive personal information online or over the phone in situations you did not initiate
- Research any request for money before making a commitment
- Find a “Fraud Buddy” – someone whose advice you respect – and run any request for money by them before you commit to it.
- Never feel pressured to make a quick decision, and
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  

Most victims of the Romance Scam that Winnipeg Police Service Financial Crime Unit has spoken with do not realize how much they have given the scammer, yet in 2016 the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre found that the average loss was $25,000.00 per victim.  There were 831 people across Canada who lost $20,994,467.92.

If you, or someone you know, is involved in a potential romance scam, contact the Winnipeg Police Service to make a report. The public can also call the Financial Crime Unit at 204-986-6231 for assistance and advice, or go to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at

http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/fraud-escroquerie/types/romance-rencontre/index-eng.htm

Fire Incident - C17-0039861
Officers Assist Several Occupants to Safety:

As previously released - On February 25, 2017 at approximately 2:30 a.m., Division 11 officers were patrolling in the area of the 500 block of Spence Street when they observed the porch of a residence engulfed in flames.

It was determined that two residents were able to exit safely, however additional occupants remained inside and were believed to be trapped.

Officers entered the smoke filled, multi-level home and assisted several trapped individuals who were having difficulty breathing.

Members of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service attended and treated the occupants, including the officers involved for smoke inhalation.

Damage is estimated at $80,000.00 and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Anyone with further information regarding the fire is asked to contact members of the Arson Unit at 204-986-6813.

MISSING PERSON – Sherrie GARSON - C17-37956 - Located

The Winnipeg Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing 16 year old female, Sherrie GARSON.

GARSON was last seen on Wednesday afternoon, February 22, 2017 in the Garden City area of Winnipeg.

GARSON is described as Aboriginal, 5’7”, medium build with shoulder length straight dark hair. GARSON was last seen wearing a green khaki army style jacket, blue sweatpants and black/blue Nike runners.

Police are concerned for GARSON’s well-being and are asking anyone with information regarding her whereabouts to contact the Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit at 986-6250.

  • Last Update: March 7, 2017

Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer

Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

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