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Legion hosting Fraud Awarensss seminar

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From reports of loved ones in trouble to get rich investment schemes, there is an unending parade of ways scammers are attempting to separate people from their hard-earned wages.
The Drumheller Legion is hosting an anti-fraud awareness session and has invited the Drumheller RCMP as well as representatives from local financial institutions.
The session is on Thursday, June 20, at 2 p.m. at the Legion and the community is invited to attend.
RCMP Staff Sergeant Robert Harms tells the Mail that frauds are endemic.
“It is a continuous problem, and we deal with it regularly, and people get victimized by it regularly. Unfortunately, solve rates are quite low on them because it is done over the phone or computers. It is difficult to identify involved suspects, not to mention they are in different regions of Canada or in different countries,” said Harms.
He says one of the best ways to combat fraud is education.
“Make people aware and educate them so they don’t fall victim to it in the first place,” he said.
Constable Victor Iliescu tells the Mail they have seen a growth of scam attempts involving bitcoin in the area.
He explains there is a common threat to these scams in that they play on people’s greed, promising incredible returns for something up and coming.
He says the scammers will reach out on social media such as Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp, and it appears they play the long game, not asking for money right away but cultivating a relationship.
He likens it to a pig butchering scam.
“It’s a metaphor, they fatten up the pig. They build the relationship, they get the person comfortable with them in the prospect of talking to this person and introducing an investment possibility and how they make amazing returns and so forth,” he explains.
He says the victims are then directed to send money, sometimes it is through a legitimate-looking website. They will provide a secure login, and any money sent will appear as a balance in an account.
“The money may go to somebody’s Bitcoin wallet, where it is very difficult to trace, and it is most certainly international,” he explains. “Sometimes they will send some money back to build that confidence… which gets them to send more money.”
He said they have seen several victims who have lost in the range of five figures through this scam.
While it is impossible to tell if there is a certain demographic targeted he says the victims are often approaching retirement and are looking at ways to build their savings.
The scam doesn’t end there. When a person asks to withdraw funds, the scammer indicates it is possible however, they will have to pay taxes or fees on the funds, attempting a last grab on the person’s money.
“If that doesn’t work, the recovery scammer will reach out to victims,” said Iliescu.
This is where a person reaches out and tells the victim they will help them recover the funds. And the cycle starts all over again.
“The way the bitcoin scams work is they obscure where the funds go, so getting the money back is almost never a possibility, so education is the best way to combat this.”
“If it is too good to be true, that is because it often is.”


Drumheller RCMP Arrest Suspects Following Suspicious Persons Complaint

 


IMG 4400On June 6th, 2024, at approximately 11:00 am, Drumheller RCMP received a complaint of 2 suspicious males on a quad on Township Road 302 west of Michichi, Alberta. It was reported that the males appeared to be in possession of copper wire and other equipment.

Drumheller RCMP members attended the area and attempted to stop the quad but the quad fled from police by driving through ditches and fields. As a result, additional RCMP members converged on the area and initiated an operation to locate the suspects. Eventually, the 2 suspects were located on foot on the outskirts of Michichi and taken into custody; the quad and other evidence was located and recovered on a nearby abandoned railway line.

Further investigation found that one suspect was bound by multiple court orders including a Conditional Sentence Order, Probation Orders, a Release Order, and an Undertaking. The second suspect was bound by an Undertaking.

42 year old Jesse BULECHOWSKY of Starland County and 33 year old Douglas MCCLURE of no fixed address were jointly charged with:

Fail to Stop for a Peace Officer while being Pursued.

BULECHOWSKY was also charged with:

Fail to Comply with Probation – 3 Counts;
Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance; and
Operate a Conveyance while Prohibited.

MCCLURE was also charged with:

Fail to Comply with an Undertaking.

Both BULECHOWSKY and MCCLURE were taken before a Justice of the Peace for a Judicial interim Release Hearing and:

BULECHOWSKY was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in the Alberta Court of Justice on June 10th, 2024 in Didsbury to answer to the charges.
MCCLURE was released from custody on a Release Order and is scheduled to appear in the Alberta Court of Justice on July 12th, 2024 in Drumheller to answer to the charges.

If you have any information regarding these matters, please contact Drumheller RCMP at 403.823.7590 or contact your local Police Service. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

DARTS cut ribbon on new bottle depot

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A project that took about 10 years from identifying the need, designing, fundraising and finally construction, the new DARTS Bottle Depot held its grand opening on Monday, June 3.
Members of DARTS staff and executive, as well as board members, project partners and the business community, gathered at the new facility on 7th Avenue South East to cut the ribbon on the new facility.
Executive Director Lorelei Martin was elated to see the project come to fruition.
“We are excited to share the new depot with you all. It has been a really long journey,” said Martin.
“At times, it has been difficult, it has not been easy, but it has been worth it. It truly has been an opportunity to benefit our community, the people we support, and our environment.”
She explained that about 10 years ago the former building was at the end of its usable life, and needed replacement. Dave Greene of Greene Construction committed to building a new facility or retrofitting an existing building.
They put together a working group and did a visioning exercise to explore what the best solution would be. They explored the possibility of building new, renovating another facility and even looking for vacant property, but came up with one solution.
“We ended up landing here in our parking lot with our new building,” said Martin.
The new facility is a modern, durable, and right-sized bottle depot, with more usable space to operate and better serve the customers. There is air conditioning, washrooms and wash stations, an express lane, a large load drop-off area, a new electric forklift, and soon, a new electric van for pick-up services.
DARTS was active in fundraising for the new facility and received provincial grants, as well as the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce Dinosaur Legacy Fund grant. It also raised funds through casinos, various fundraisers and many private donations.
“The part that stands out the most for me is the Drumheller community,” said Martin. “The donations from the local businesses and our friends and families. We had people donate their time and their labour, their talent, use of the land next door and use of equipment. We had cash donations. The list just goes on and on … So many put so much effort into this building, the community has been so generous.”
She adds, many local trades took part in the construction. “The local talent in the valley is amazing, and local talent built this from the ground up.”


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