Fun in the sun may not be as innocent as it appears, say St. Albert RCMP.
On July 29, RCMP responded to a complaint of an airsoft rifle being fired in the backyard of a home in Grandin.
Under the protection of persons and property bylaw, people are not allowed to discharge a firearm, air gun, air pistol, air rifle, BB gun, bow and arrow, or slingshots within the city limits, unless they have permission from the mayor or the RCMP.
If they do, the fine is up to $50.
Last month, a 17-year-old was arrested after he was caught walking along the Red Willow Trail carrying an unloaded black CO2 powered BB gun.
In 2013, RCMP responded to at least 10 verified complaints involving air/gas powered replica firearms in both public spaces and on private property. There are three complaints so far in 2014.
RCMP want to remind residents that using any of these types of weapons could damage other people's property or cause personal injury as pellets, stones or arrows can escape through fencing. Neighbours can also become quite frightened, as the airsoft replicas closely resemble rifles or handguns and cause people to think someone is using dangerous firearms.
A St. Albert woman has saved herself a lot of grief by listening to her instincts about a potential scam, say St. Albert RCMP.
After advertising some furniture for sale on a couple of online sites, the woman was contacted by a potential buyer. A price was negotiated, but the St. Albert woman received a cheque made out for $2,200 more than the agreed purchase price.
Feeling that something was very wrong with the cheque, the woman called the company name listed on the face of the cheque and determined it was fraudulent. She did not cash the cheque or ship the furniture.
This fraud has been linked to Ontario and the St. Albert RCMP have been in contact with the York Regional Police Service who will continue with the investigation.
“This is a common scam used by fraud artists. Anyone selling or buying items through any Internet sites need to be careful. Most people on those sites are honest, but there are some criminals watching for opportunities to steal your money,” says Insp. Kevin Murray, St. Albert detachment commander.
In this type of scam, the fraudulent cheque is usually followed by information that the amount was made out in error and the scam artist will ask that the extra money be returned. The fraudster may suggest that the person cashing the cheque even keep a few hundred dollars for their inconvenience, all the time knowing that the cheque is bad.
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