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Canora/Sturgis RCMP activity report

The Canora RCMP Detachment has been receiving numerous complaints about fraudsters on Facebook demanding a security deposit on a sale and then backing out of the transaction.
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The Canora/Sturgis RCMP responded to 21 calls from November 4 to November 10.

CANORA - The Canora/Sturgis RCMP responded to 21 calls from November 4 to November 10, some of which included: seven provincial traffic offences, five other provincial statutes, one drugs, one theft, three mischiefs, and one other incident.

Uninvited farm visitor

On November 4, the Canora/Sturgis RCMP received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle driving around a farmyard in the RM of Clayton. Police identified the driver and continue to investigate.

Needle found

The Canora/Sturgis RCMP received a complaint on November 5 of a needle found near a playground in Canora. Police attended and disposed of the needle.

Young 911 caller

The Canora/Sturgis RCMP were dispatched to a 911 hang-up from a cell phone on November 6. Police were advised by dispatchers that a child was heard on the line but no emergency was reported. Attempts to call the phone number back were unsuccessful.

Buyer beware

On November 6, the Canora/Sturgis RCMP investigated a reported fraud where the complainant sent a $100 deposit at the request of the seller to secure the purchase of an item found on Facebook marketplace. The complainant drove to Yorkton and found the seller’s address to be false. As a result, the complainant was no longer able to contact the seller to get their money back. 

The Canora/Sturgis RCMP have received numerous complaints about fraudsters posting items for sale on Facebook marketplace and buy and sell pages. Oftentimes, the seller will request a deposit to secure the sale of the item, usually through an e-transfer. The seller will either block the buyer or back out on the deal and refuse to return the deposit money back to the buyer. Please use caution and do your homework before sending a deposit. If you have any questions, you can visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center webpage for further information on how to protect yourself, or call the Canora RCMP Detachment.

If you have any information about this incident or any other crimes, please contact the Canora RCMP at 306-563-4700, or you can also report anonymously via Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Call the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment Turn In Poachers & Polluters (TIPP) Line, toll-free, at 1-800-667-7561 or #5555 from a Sasktel cellphone (phone calls only, no text messages).