Email scams out of Alberta

Police are warning Creston area residents to beware of an email soliciting scam out of Alberta after several residents have received such messages.

The emails claim to be from a First Nations chief trying to raise funds for his band in Fort MacKay, RCMP Sgt. Dave Nassichuk said on Tuesday. Police have confirmed with Wood Buffalo RCMP that the fraud has been ongoing since last fall.

Creston RCMP responded to 65 calls from April 11-17, Nassichuk said.

April 11

• Police conducted a well-being check at a Pine Street home and determined the resident was okay.

• A driver was warned after he was reported to be passing on a double line on Highway 3.

• A vehicle stolen from Crawford Bay last week was located at the Kootenay Lake Ferry landing. It was not damaged.

• A cattle liner was reported to have passed vehicles unsafely on Highway 3 near Moyie, forcing an oncoming driver onto the shoulder. The truck’s company was notified and the driver will be warned.

April 12

• A semi reported to be weaving on Highway 3 east of Creston was not located by police.

• An iPhone found on Riley Road can be claimed at the police station.

• No plate was obtained after a vehicle passed a stopped school bus displaying flashing lights on Highway 21.

• A male was arrested following a domestic assault on 16th Avenue and later released on a promise to appear in court. Minor injuries were reported by a female.

April 13

• A theft from a vehicle is under investigation after it was reported by a towing company.

• A semi driver turned too sharply at Canyon Street at 16th Avenue, clipping the traffic light on a pole. He was issued a ticket.

• A driver was warned after being reported for passing a stopped school bus displaying flashing lights on 9th Avenue North.

• A female was arrested on a number of outstanding warrants and taken into custody pending a Tuesday court appearance in Cranbrook.

•A male who had consumed an excess of alcohol was given a 90-day driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days. He was also arrested for being intoxicated and held in cells until sober.

• Threats against CP Rail employees over noise in Yahk will be handled by CP police.

• A well-being check on a 20th Avenue resident indicated she was okay.

April 14

• An erratic driver reported to be “all over the road” on Highway 3 was located by police, driving “all over the road” in town. She was eventually stopped and found not to be impaired, but just a very poor driver. She was issued two tickets for infractions.

•A verbal domestic argument was reported from Crawford Bay.

• A wallet and cash were stolen from an unlocked vehicle on 25th Avenue South.

April 15

• A male sitting in a vehicle after the trailer he was towing had a flat tire was found to have outstanding warrants and arrested. Police later found an unsecured shotgun in the vehicle and charges are pending.

• A minor two vehicle collision was reported in the 1100 block of Canyon Street.

• A Yahk store reported a Saskatchewan couple was arguing, but no violence occurred.

April 16

• A possibly impaired driver was reported in town but police did not locate him.

April 17

• A male denied screaming at a female driver whom he had followed after she cut him off in Cranbrook.

• A male sustained a possible concusion after his ATV flipped on Crackerjack forest service road.

• A person reported having a vehicle stolen from downtown Creston, but police determined it had been parked in a private lot and was towed.



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