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RCMP seek truck stolen in Grand Forks

RCMP are trying to find a red 1997 Ford Ranger stolen early Sunday from a home in the 5600 block of Como Road in Grand Forks.

Police say the victims were selling the truck and arranged with someone to view it later that day. After the theft, they were able to spot the suspect on video surveillance and recognized him as the same guy who asked about wanting to view it.

An image of the truck and the suspect were later recovered at a gas station. The truck’s plate is RV9270. Police are asking anyone with info to contact them.

Grand Forks resident targeted by gift card fraud

RCMP say a Grand Forks resident was scammed out of some gift cards before realizing they were the victim of a scam.

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The person got a call from someone in New Jersey claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House, who told them they had won $35 million and a Mercedes Benz.

But to claim the price, they had to go to a gas station and buy Visa Vanilla gift cards, which would be turned over to a driver to deliver the prizes.

Unfortunately, the victim did that and provided the gift card numbers over the phone. The fraudster then called again and asked the person to go to a bank and get a $4,000 certified cheque. At that point the victim contacted police.

Sgt. Darryl Peppler said this is a very common fraud but many people fall victim to it. Many bigger box stores have fraud alerts in place and specialized training for their staff, so fraudsters are telling potential victims to go to smaller businesses.

“While people are becoming more aware of the types of fraud that exist, it unfortunately still happens that people are falling victims to this crime,” Peppler said.

“A good rule of thumb is that if it seems too good to be true, then it likely is. RCMP would like to remind people to be more aware and more cautious. If someone calls to report you won a prize, especially one that you did not enter, ask many questions and never provide any personal information or purchase any gift cards.”

Christina Lake road check stops drunk driver

RCMP say they checked over 100 cars in 90 minutes in a road check on Friday on Highway 3 and Santa Rosa Road in Christina Lake.

It resulted in a few tickets being issued for driving contrary to restrictions and warnings to new drivers for failing to display their N signs.

An 18-year-old woman from Christina Lake was also issued a 90-day ban for impaired driving and her vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

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