Ponoka RCMP briefs: prohibited driver arrested

RCMP warns of computer scam

A Ponoka man is facing one count of driving while prohibited after police were told to watch for an alleged impaired driver coming out of Rimbey.

The man, 61, was pulled over on 67 St. on Nov. 28 and taken into custody as the individual was the subject of an arrest warrant. The man was not impaired, but had a suspended driver’s licence, so has been charged with one count of driving while prohibited.

His name is not being released as his first court appearance is slated for Dec. 13 in Ponoka Provincial Court.

Scammers

Ponoka RCMP are urging the public to be aware of a refund scam making the rounds in the province.

The scam operates by a suspect claiming they represent a computer company, who are advising people of a software program that needs to be removed from the person’s computer and they need access to it.

Once the suspect has been granted access, faked bank information is brought up on the screen and then the suspect claims a large amount of funds has been taken from the account.

That’s followed by the suspect requesting the victim to send funds to them (upwards of $15,000 has been reported) in order to release the frozen funds.

The public are instructed to not let anyone they are not familiar with to access their personal or work computer.

Should you be approached by this scam, contact the RCMP or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (www.antifraudcentre.ca).

Anyone with information on any crime should contact either the Ponoka RCMP detachment at (403) 783-4472 or the nearest police department. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information provided that leads to an arrest, recovery of stolen property or seizure of illicit drugs may qualify for a cash reward.

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