July 30th, 2021
 | Calgary, Alberta

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Cochrane Eagle

Phone: 932-6588
Link: http://www.cochraneeagle.com/

 

Cochrane Times

Phone: 403-932-3500
Link: http://www.cochranetimes.com/

 

Rocky View Weekly

Publication suspended due to the impacts of COVID19

Phone: 403-948-1885
Link: http://www.rockyviewweekly.com/

 

Springbank Park Patter

c/o www.springbankpark.com
Phone: 403-242-2223

 

High Country News

Box 476, Bragg Creek, Ab, T0L 0K0
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Phone: 403-949-3526

 

Rural Crime Watch

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Cochrane Foothill Protective Association – Rural Crime Watch - JUL 2021

Summer Fraud Awareness
As we move into the “opened” Alberta, from the COVID lockdowns, we are all excited to get back to “normal” and get on with our lives.  This may involve seeing family, travelling, playing sports, and anything else that comes to mind.  Unfortunately Fraudsters are still finding ways to scam and take hard earned money, in one form or another.  These scams can be in the form of romance, paving, home services, to name a few. 


Recently, in Alberta a person fell prey to a relationship/dating scam. The individual met the scammer on Facebook and on an app called “Telegram”. The scammer communicated for several months, and the friendship moved to a romantic online relationship. He stated he wanted to buy a birthday present for his son (a large purchase) and needed a little extra cash to make it happen. The Alberta resident wired $7,500 to a Bank in the US. They realized, after-the-fact it was a scam and it was lost. 


Another Scam is the home services scam where individuals approach you to do repairs or maintenance, on your home or property. They may look legitimate and have business cards, signs on vehicles, etc.  They usually are offering a good price to do this work, however, will usually ask for cash up front to “secure your position” in their work schedule. This is only one of many forms of this scam. 


Paving of driveways is another services that is often offered; the story is they have leftover asphalt from a job and offer to use it to pave your driveway. Beware of this situation as you may end up with subgrade materials and no warranty for when it starts to break up, etc.


We have all heard of stories from around the community and may be aware on How to Spot a Scam. 


Here is a summer reminder for you and your family: 

  • Calls from unfamiliar area codes or numbers.
  • Emails from unknown senders or addresses.
  • Online or over the phone requests for immediate payments, money transfers, e-transfers, or gifts cards, (this includes individuals one meets through dating apps).
  • When personal or financial information is requested via text, or email.
  • Pre-recorded phone messages or voicemails from banks or government agencies.
  • Be extra cautious when dealing with cheques from unknown parties.
  • If you’re unfamiliar with how cryptocurrencies work, you should avoid dealing in them.
  • Beware of deals too good to be true.
  • Be watchful for someone coming to sell Home Services for cut rates.
  • Watch out for our seniors. If they are taking large sums of money out of their accounts, ask
    questions.  It may be a scam. 


If you have been a victim of fraud or would like more information on all the different fraudulent scams in Canada, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.


If you have been a victim, please report  these incidents to the RCMP at 403-932-2211 or RCMP on-line reporting system.  Fraud, of all kinds is under-reported. 


Rosemary Lindsay
CFPA President

 

myspringbank

The site has been around for over a decade now and is currently being updated and revised to better reflect the Springbank area and its broad and varied community. We plan on adding Facebook to the site, as well as building a complete listing of area services and businesses, along with public interest articles, local history, and upcoming events. The site also allows for personal adds, and is meant to complement the SPFAS site and recreational activities now covered. We invite your input/comments as we go forward in helping to build our great community!

 

Ian Galbraith & Cindy Turner
403-630-3650
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