Civil fingerprints to be suspended
The Sunshine Coast RCMP would like to inform the public that in response to the new health order issued by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, fingerprint requests by the public for non-criminal matters will be suspended until Nov. 23 or until the current order is lifted.
The RCMP offices in Gibsons and Sechelt will remain open, and the public are reminded that they can utilize the online reporting tool to report less serious
Types of crimes that can be reported online are lost or stolen items with a value under $5,000, minor property damage and driving complaints.
To file a report typically takes less than 15 minutes, and you only need an address, phone number and valid email address.
To file an online crime report go to: bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/sunshinecoast/report
On Nov. 5, a Coast resident reported falling victim to a fraud after “friending” someone on Facebook that the resident believed was an old friend. The “friend” reached out to the resident and, after some communication back and forth, convinced the resident that he could help the resident qualify and access federal grant money through the “Forever Living Assistance” program. The resident was told that if he paid a fee up front using Amazon gift cards, he would be eligible for a large grant. The resident purchased the cards and then sent his “friend” photos of the activation codes via text, only to realize later that he’d been scammed and that there was no “friend.” To learn more about common scams and protect yourself from falling victim to them, please visit the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org.
Submitted by RCMP