Another online scam reported
A local citizen advises that while using the internet to purchase a particular dog she received a response that originally sounded legit, but as time went by very quickly was discovered to be a scam.
The dog was free, but the transport would be in the area of $400. The messages back to the citizen appeared to originate from Africa as well as from connections in Canada.
The correspondence back contained grammar and spelling errors and the small case “i” was used a great deal.
The agency handling the transportation changed a couple of times from “Pets and Travel Agency,” to “Pets and Travel Transport Agency.”
It was also noted that the instructions as to where and how to pay the money at times changed.
The local person involved found a web site that would be able to help people identify possible frauds: Fun with Cameron Pet Scams.
Be careful and take your time researching before handing out any money or using your credit card.
• Columbia Valley detachment members responded to a passed out male on Highway 93/95 near Windermere. The male had called the police making threats to harm himself.
The male was known to the police due to a similar incident recently. A 30 year old male from Cranbrook was taken to the hospital and admitted under the Mental Health Act.
• The detachment received a complaint of damage to the Christ Church Trinity on 7th Avenue in Invermere. A pillar along with flower pots were damaged.
• As a result of attending a domestic dispute in the 7000 block of Columbia Avenue in Radium, a 39-year-old female was charged with assault and will be appearing in Invermere Provincial court December 5.
• In the last two weeks, two Yamaha snowmobiles were stolen from the area of Industrial Road No. 2.
The first one is a white and red Yamaha Nitro, the second a blue Yamaha.
• The detachment received a complaint of a driver reporting that while passing through Invermere on route to Golden a bag of clothes and DVDs fell out of the truck. The driver wished it reported in case the bag was eventually located.
• Detachment members attended to a disturbance in the 700 block of 13th Avenue.
A 24-year-old female from Salmon Arm was arrested for being drunk in a public place. She was lodged in cells until sober. The female received a violation ticket for public drunkenness .
• The Columbia Valley detachment received a complaint of two males in the area of the Canfor Mill checking out sheds. The males departed in a blue Cavalier. It is believed the males were looking for fuel. When challenged by a male watching the area, the males departed.
• While on routine patrol Columbia Valley detachment members observed a GMC truck with two animals in the back. The local conservation officer was contacted. Attempts to locate the vehicle at the time failed.
The vehicle was eventually located near Canal Flats. Police attended and seized a small amount of marijuana.
A 31-year-old male driver had his licence suspended for 24 hours and his vehicle towed. The conservation officer seized the two animals.
• Columbia Valley Detachment members, along with East Kootenay Traffic section, responded to a single vehicle rollover in Kootenay National Park 36 km from Radium.
The 24-year-old driver from Calgary advised that he fell asleep at the wheel and ended up on the shoulder losing control of his vehicle.
There were no injuries to the driver or the passenger.
He was charged with driving without due care and attention.