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March 1, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

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:

  • Fraud café - March 12, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, at St. Vital Centre. This event is free and open to the public. It features members of the Manitoba Financial Services Agency, the Better Business Bureau of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Police Service’s Financial Crime Unit.
  • Sixth Annual "Shred It" Event - March 28, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, at St. Vital Centre in the parking lot outside Silver City and CF Polo Park in the South parking lot facing Portage Avenue. A maximum of two bags or boxes per person for this FREE event, please.

This year the Winnipeg Police Service has created a video about the use of prepaid gift cards in mass market scams.

Prepaid gift cards are becoming the preferred payment method in scams as they are easy to use, can be purchased almost anywhere, can be redeemed with just the code on the back, and can be resold for actual money.

In 2018, Canadians lost over $3.4 million to fraudsters who utilized prepaid gift cards as part of their scam. From 2017 to 2018, the number of victims across Canada who participated in scams involving the use of prepaid gift cards has nearly doubled. In Manitoba, that number has tripled.

If you or someone you know is involved in a potential scam involving prepaid credit cards, please contact the Winnipeg Police Service to make a report or go to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website,

Homicide — Arrests: C18-284981

On December 25, 2018, at approximately 7:15 a.m., emergency personnel responded to a report of an injured male in the 400 block of Victor Street.

Upon arrival, 26-year-old Tyler Evan SMOKE was located suffering from upper body injuries. He was transported to hospital in critical condition and later died as a result of his injuries.

Members of the Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit entered into an investigation and learned that the victim has been attacked by several people and robbed of his personal belongings.

On February 27, 2019 Homicide investigators arrested two adult males.

On February 28, 2019, an additional adult male was arrested.

Three males, David Joseph MERASTY, 25-years, Keenan Alexander TOM, 25-years, and Michael Anthony CARIBOU, 28-years, have all been charged with Second Degree Murder. They have been detained in custody.

  • Last Update: March 1, 2019

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