Masset RCMP investigating Internet fraud

Between Feb. 25 and March 3, Masset RCMP responded to 26 calls for service.

Between Feb. 25 and March 3, Masset RCMP responded to 26 calls for service. These calls for service included four public intoxication / causing disturbance files, three assault files and two theft files.

Fraud Awareness:   Masset RCMP have received two complaints in the last month involving Internet related fraud. In both cases local residents were looking to purchase a dog over the Internet. The would-be buyers sent the money to the seller, however the dog was never sent to the buyer. One of the cases took place in Canada and the other the United States. The RCMP would like to remind people to thoroughly research sellers before sending their money to them. This is especially true in the case of online buying/selling. In these incidents it is rare that the buyers money is ever recovered as the seller is usually not who they claim to be, and identity theft is usually a factor. The Masset RCMP are continuing to investigate these two matters.

On Feb. 26, Masset RCMP were called to a residence on Collison Avenue to respond to an assault where it was alleged a knife was involved. Members attended and arrested a female. The female was held in custody over the weekend for a bail hearing, in addition to the new charge of assault with a weapon she was also breaching several of her probation conditions. The female was ultimately granted bail by a Justice of the Peace on March 3 and is scheduled to attend court next week in Masset.

Any suspicious activity can be reported to the Masset RCMP at 250-626-3991 or anonymously to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.bccrimestoppers.com.