Monthly Archives: September 2014

Watch for scam job postings

When someone, who is not a regular advertiser and does not represent a known business in one of our local or area communities, calls the Unity-Wilkie Press-Herald to place an advertisement, one way to check the authenticity and genuineness of the caller is to ask for credit card information. Then the cost of the ad is charged upfront, before the ad runs in the paper.

Another standard safeguard is to ensure we have complete contact information, including a snail mail address and a telephone number.

In late August, a “John ***” ¬†wanted to run an ad In the Press-Herald for a customer service rep, offering a monthly salary of $3,290. Applicants were to contact him by email.

“John” was ready to provide credit card information as soon as we could come up with the price. A local street address in Unity, SK and a 306-228- phone number were given.

A few details, such as someone in the background telling the man on the phone what to say, made the Press-Herald staff suspicious. A reverse lookup of the telephone number found that it belonged to a resident we know. When we called him, he knew nothing about the ad or the John who had called our office.

More than likely, had the ad run, anyone applying for the advertised position would have been asked for their bank account information – supposedly for deposit of paycheques but really so the scammers could drain whatever funds the person already had in there. As well, ithey may have planned to use the names, addresses and SIN numbers of applicants in an identity theft scheme.

The incident was reported to the police, and we have since learned of attempts by the culprits to run the same or similar ads in other Saskatchewan newspapers.

Remember to never, ever give out bank account or other financial information to someone you do not know and have not thoroughly researched!

Note: We are not using “John’s” last name online as the name may belong to some innocent man somewhere whose identity and credit card information were stolen.

 

 

Filipino Sports Day

The Unity Filipino community hosted a sports day at the community centre in Unity, Saskatchewan, August 23. Here is an assortment of photos from the event. For more details, see the article on the front page of this week’s issue, the September 1st Unity Wilkie-Press-Herald.

MC Tess Demafelix

Filipino Sports Day at Unity SK

Special T-Shirts

Filipino Sports Day, Unity SKOpening entertainment

Filipino Sports Day, Unity SK

Tug of war

Filipino Sports Day, Unity SK red adults tug cu yellow adults tug cu

Sack race relays

Filipino Sports Day, Unity SK adult sack race2 adult sack race relay

Patintero

Filipino Sports Day, Unity SK

Filipino Sports Day, Unity Sk

Filipino Sports Day

Lunch

Filipino Sports Day, Unity SK

cake Filipino Sports Day, Unity Sk

RCMP Report for August 12 to 18

UNITY SK REPORTS

RCMP received a complaint from a concerned family member over concerns an elderly relative was defrauded in the sale of property. This matter is still under investigation.

There was a complaint of individuals shooting guns at the old school grounds in Senlac, Saskatchewan. Members located an individual who may have been shooting in the area and warned him that it is not safe to shoot guns in that location.

Police received a request to locate an individual. Individual was located safe.

There was a report of a person in Unity SK who locked their keys in the vehicle and needed help to retrieve them. This is not a police matter, but members assisted them in contacting a tow-company to have them unlock the vehicle.

RCMP received a missing person report but the subject of the complaint was located.

Police issued a 60-day licence suspension and a three-day vehicle impound during a traffic stop when they noted the vehicle driver showed signs of impairment. The 20-year-old male became confrontational with members and was arrested for disturbing the peace but no charges were laid.

RCMP received a report of a neighbour dispute.

There were also four false alarms, two traffic complaints and one noise complaint.

Persons with information about crimes being committed in the Unity/Wilkie/Macklin areas are urged to call the Unity RCMP detachment at 306-228-6300; the Wilkie RCMP at 306-843-3480; or the Macklin RCMP at 306-753-2171. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or *8477 on the SaskTel Mobility Network. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for any serious crime. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display, nor are your calls traced or recorded.

You can also submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com