On Dec. 15th, a Rimbey resident was given a bit of surprise when they found out that their home was fraudulently advertised as a rental property.
The home, which is currently for sale and is listed on an online real estate website, has also been fraudulently listed on two other websites advertising rental properties, unbeknownst to the homeowners. Potential renters that saw the online advertisement showed up at the residence to view the property, much to the shock of the homeowner.
Fraudulent ads for rental properties are not entirely uncommon, say police. Dubbed “hijack ads”, the act usually involves scammers hijacking a real rental or real estate listing to which they have no connection, changing the contact information, and posting the modified ad on another website in hopes of collecting a security deposit from potential renters. Thankfully in the above case no money exchanged hands, but it does serve as a reminder to be vigilant when it comes to conducting business online.
Mandatory Alcohol Screening in effect
Tuesday, December 18th marked the day that Mandatory Alcohol Screening, or MAS, became law.
MAS provides officers with the authority to demand roadside breath samples from drivers without first having the suspicion that the driver has been drinking.
The driver will be obligated to immediately provide a breath sample if asked and will not be permitted to first speak with legal representation. Officers, however, still must have reasonable grounds for pulling a driver over in the first place.
Canada is far from the first country to introduce this type of legislation – over 40 countries worldwide have similar rules in place – many European nations, as well as New Zealand and Australia have adopted similar policies. It is recognized as a highly effective measure that greatly reduces the number of drunk drivers on the road.
The message is clear – if you attempt to drive while impaired, the chances of getting caught are high.
Rimbey Victim Services would like to extend best wishes this holiday to the Rimbey community. May everyone have a safe and joyous holiday and the happiest of New Years!
In the last week, Rimbey RCMP responded to 34 calls for service. These calls include but are not limited to: two break and enter files; three reports of uttering threats; three traffic related files; and one report of fraud.
If you have information regarding these or any other crimes, please contact your local RCMP Detachment or contact Crime Stoppers:
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