On Friday, Feb. 3, Clearwater RCMP received a complaint of a suspicious email. It told the person receiving it that they had won 1.2 million British pounds. All they had to do was contact another “agent.” The email asked the person not to inform the public.
In a similar occurrence, a person made a sale over the Internet classified site Kijiji.com. The buyer, from out of province, stated that he had “overpaid” and asked for the seller to send him the difference.
Feeling that it was a shady business deal, the seller recognized that it wasn’t a proper way to do business and instead held onto his money.
The “shipping fee’s” scam is a common way for people to get money from others over Kijiji or Craigslist. While some scams are obvious (such as 1.2 million pounds) others can be subtler. Both serve as a reminder to be vigilant.
Extra rental costs
On Feb. 4 an officer was on patrol and southbound on Highway 5 near Wells Gray Inn when he saw a vehicle that seemed to be moving awfully fast.
The vehicle was clocked at 115 km/hr in a 60 km/hr zone. The officer pulled the vehicle over, issued the driver a ticket for excessive speed and impounded the vehicle.
The couple was from the USA and was not too impressed, as the vehicle they were in was a rental.
In B.C., regardless if a person owns the car or not, the vehicle is impounded for seven clear days.
At the speed the person was traveling at in this case there is little room for dispute. The person unsuccessfully argued that they “didn’t see the sign.”