RCMP Report: Fraud cases continue in Golden

Two separate incidents continued to highlight the dangers of mail fraud.

Fraud cases continue

Two separate incidents of fraud were reported over the last couple of weeks. One local was defrauded out of $1900 after responding to a job ad on Kijiji. The ad asked for money up front in order to eventually receive more money in return.

Another incident left a local defrauded out of $9000 after they responded to a letter from the U.K. about receiving inheritance from a long lost relative. As was the case in the job ad, the victim was asked to send money in order to receive more money later.

Fraud cases usually follow this formula, and RCMP are once again reminding everyone to use caution with any e-mails or letters that seem even remotely suspicious.

Vandalism, theft at Lake O’Hara

On Aug. 29, 17 vehicles were broken into and vandalized at the Lake O’Hara parking lot in Yoho National Park. The side windows were smashed on all of the vehicles and valuables were stolen from within. Police have no suspects at this time and anyone with any information is asked to contact the RCMP immediately.

Elk Road accident

No injuries were reported after a single vehicle failed to negotiate a right hand turn on Elk Road on Aug. 29. The vehicle came to rest in a precarious position and the occupants remained inside for fear of shifting the weight of the car and causing it to go down an embankment. Golden Fire & Rescue attended the scene and managed to extract the vehicle’s occupants without further incident.

Counterfeit currency

On Sept. 1, a counterfeit U.S. $50 bill was discovered at the Shell gas station on Highway 1. The bill was allegedly passed on by a female, but was only discovered to be counterfeit long after she left.

Motorcycle accident

A motorcyclist and their passenger were unharmed after being cut off by a pickup truck on the ‘S’ curves section of Highway 1 east of Golden. Their bike sustained significant damage in the accident. The pickup truck did not stop and was not able to be identified.

Dangerous driving ticket issued

On Sept 1, RCMP detected a pair of speeding vehicles travelling east on Highway 1 through Rogers Pass. The vehicles, a Mustang and a pickup truck, were clocked at nearly 160 km/h by an officer, who then pursued them. The member lost sight of the vehicles but, on his way back to Golden, he discovered the Mustang rolled over on its side. The driver was charged with dangerous driving. They would not identify the driver of the pickup truck for police.