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File: 2015 - 1135921

September 8, 2015

Cat "Mutilations" Not Man Made

On Thursday, September 3, 2015, St Albert RCMP received a report of a third cat that appeared to have been mutilated and was found in the Oakmont area of St. Albert. When examined by the RCMP, this cat appeared to have died in a very similar manner to the two previous cat deaths that had been reported to the police near the end of August. This cat was also left lying in a field and from all appearances the animal looked like it had been cut open.

The RCMP had a necropsy ( an examination of a non-human body) done on the cat to determine the cause of its death. This procedure was performed by the Chief Veterinarian Office at the University of Alberta and the Doctor confirmed that the cat died from a coyote attack.

The RCMP have compared the photos of this third cat to the two previous cases of cat deaths and fully believe that all three cases were cat deaths caused by coyotes. The RCMP investigation has not found any human involvement in these cat deaths.

The RCMP have learned that coyotes will hunt cats, especially when they are training their pups how to hunt. They can leave the cat looking like it was "cut open" as a way to interest their pups in eating prey. According to the internet, "coyotes usually eat wild species, but they are known to eat pet food, garbage, garden crops, livestock, poultry, and pets (mostly cats)".

St. Albert RCMP are recommending that pet owners take precautions with their pets as this appears to be a prime hunting time for the coyotes in the area. The internet recommends that pet owners "Keep dogs and cats indoors, especially from dusk to dawn. If left outside at night in an unprotected area, cats and small to mid-size dogs may be killed by coyotes."

"With an active coyote population in the city, the RCMP recommends that pet owners protect small pets particularly if they are in or near city green spaces. Keeping them indoors during this peak coyote hunting and training time is something that pet owners may have to consider.", says Cpl. Laurel Kading with the St. Albert RCMP.

Cpl. Laurel KADING, M.O.M.

Media Liaison Officer/ Agent pour les Medias

File: 2015 - 1037230 et al

August 21, 2015

Fraudsters at It Again!

St. Albert RCMP continue to hear from residents who have been defrauded by criminals. In July and August 2015, there have been 17 reports of scams and in some cases, people have lost thousands of dollars to these tricky criminals.

The three most common scams that are happening in St. Albert this summer are:

1) The Emergency Scam or Grandparent scam where a "family member" calls asking for emergency bail money to get out of jail. They ask for the money to be deposited into a trust account immediately, but in reality they are a Fraudster and there was never a family member

in any emergency. St. Albert residents have lost almost $6,000.00 to this scam this summer.

2) The Phoney Bank Inspector where a person claims to be a security inspector for a bank and asks the resident to withdraw cash to test the teller's honesty. The resident is asked to meet the undercover bank inspector in the parking lot and hand over the cash which will then be re-deposited into the resident's account. Only the money never goes back into the account. No Canadian Bank tests their tellers in this way or do business in this way. St. Albert residents have lost over $9000.00 to this scam this summer.

3) The Canada Revenue scam where the Fraudster calls a resident telling them that they owe Canada Revenue back taxes. These Fraudsters may even threaten that they have a warrant for the resident's arrest or say that they have frozen the resident's bank account. They even threaten that they are going to come and seize the resident's property unless they pay money right away. Of course Revenue Canada does not operate this way. Revenue Canada asks that any such calls be reported to the RCMP immediately. St. Albert residents have lost over $1000 to this fraud this summer, but many more people have been frightened by this scam.

Help us put these Fraudsters out of business. If you get a suspicious call asking for money to be deposited or sent urgently, call the RCMP or your bank before you do anything else. Do not send the money without discussing the situation with a trusted person. Even better yet, visit the www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca and learn more about common scams and how to report them.

Cpl. Laurel KADING, M.O.M.

Crime Prevention/Victim Services, Community Policing

June 10, 2015

Sellers Beware! Fraudsters Still Around!

On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, Cst. Yelena Avoine and Auxiliary Constable Shelly Ullery from the St. Albert RCMP attended 78C McKenney Avenue in St. Albert and talked to about 40 residents about Fraud Prevention. Cst. Avoine taught residents some Do’s and Don’ts of fraud prevention. Do hang up on Fraudsters and Don’t send them money or give them personal information.

A number of scams were discussed including :

1. The Grandparent scam – where a fraudster poses as a family member and calls asking for emergency money

2. The Lottery scam – where you win a prize such as a “free” trip over the phone or by letter

3. The Dating scam – where fraudsters spend months and even years building a relationship with a person until that person falls in love with the fraudster. The fraudster will be loving, compassionate and caring, but he or she will need to be sent money every so often for “emergencies”. Unfortunately, these fraudsters often have several of these relationships at once and are only looking for money – no matter how caring they seem.

4. The on-line purchasing scam – recently St. Albert RCMP have had 2 cases of on-line fraud reported. In one case, the fraudster offered to buy a vintage car sight unseen. He wanted to send a cheque for the car and have the owner ship him the car immediately. Luckily the St. Albert owner was too smart for the fraudster and refused to ship his car. If he had, the car would have been gone before he discovered that the cheque would bounce.

Another St. Albert resident was selling a boat on-line when a fraudster from Connecticut offered to pay for the boat through Pay Pal. The Shipper had to be paid in advance to ship the boat to the States. Everything looked professional. After shipping the boat, the St. Albert resident discovered that the Pay Pal account and the shipper’s account were both fraudulent and he was cheated out of a large sum of money.

Keep yourself and your family educated about frauds and common scams by visiting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true.

Cst. Yelena Avoine teaching the Do's and Don't's of Fraud Prevention

Cpl. Laurel KADING, M.O.M.

Crime Prevention/Victim Services, Community Policing

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