RCMP warn of computer scams

A computer scam is going around that locks people out of their computers, asks for money, and claims to be from RCMP.

Sgt. Rose says RCMP got a call Jan. 22 from someone who had been locked out of their computer after getting a pop-up message which claimed to be from the RCMP, warning them that their computer had been associated with child pornography and telling them to pay $100 via Ukash to unlock their computer.

Sgt. Rose wants the public to know that such messages are not from the RCMP and they should not send money to anyone who claims they will fix or unlock their computer.

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A 23 year old male was arrested Jan. 19 and faced two assault charges, two breaches, and two forceable confinements at the Houston court Jan. 21, said RCMP Sgt. Rose.

He was confined in prison because of his criminal record and is being held in the Prince George regional correctional centre until his next trial – date yet to be set, Sgt. Rose said.

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A satellite dish was stolen off the side of a house on Hungerford Drive during the night before Jan. 19, said Sgt. Rose.

RCMP are still investigating the case and anyone with information is asked to call the Houston RCMP at 250-845-2204 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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RCMP got a call about graffiti on garbage cans and benches around the Houston Duck Pond, believed to have been done by more than three young males Jan. 21 or 22, said Sgt. Rose.

Sgt. Rose asks that anyone with suspects or descriptions of suspects is asked to call the Houston RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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Sgt. Rose says RCMP received four noise complaints between Jan. 18 and 25, and are now working with the District of Houston to change a bylaw to allow greater enforcement and penalization against those disturbing neighbours with noise.

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Several people were caught drinking alcohol in the bleachers of the Houston arena Jan. 19, and the liquor was found and destroyed, said Sgt. Rose.

RCMP reminds people that drinking in the arena without a permit is an offence because it is defined as a public place, and zero tolerance will be taken towards those caught doing so, said Sgt. Rose.

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A vehicle with three passengers and an “N,” suggesting a driver with a class seven licence, was stopped Jan. 20 just after 1 a.m., Sgt. Rose says.

After smelling alcohol, RCMP demanded a roadside screen which the driver failed, said Sgt. Rose, adding that the driver was given a 90 day roadside prohibition and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

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RCMP found a male who was drunk and sleeping in their vehicle by Idylwild at 2:30 a.m. Jan. 20, said Sgt. Rose.

Sgt. Rose says the male were arrested for being drunk in a public place and held until sober.

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A vehicle and moose collided just after 10:30 p.m. Jan. 20 on Highway 16 near Buck Flats Road, said Sgt. Rose, adding that the driver was uninjured and the moose ran off into the trees, leaving some minor damages and a hair souvenir on the vehicle.