Smithers RCMP warning on Hydro phone scam

Smithers RCMP are warning people not to give personal information over the phone after it received tips on scammers claiming to be BC Hydro.

Smithers RCMP received a number of calls July 2 regarding phone scams.

Callers identify themselves as Hydro representatives and demand immediate payment by credit card or they will cut power to the home or business in 30 minutes. BC Hydro does not conduct business this way. Smithers RCMP discourage anyone from providing credit card or other banking and personal information over the phone.

 

Smithers RCMP responded to 145 calls for service during the week of June 25 – July 2.

 

June 25 – A motorist was issued a notice and order to remove red LED lights surrounding the headlights of their motor vehicle. All registered owners are reminded to check Division 4 of the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act regulations if they are considering adding extra lighting or décor lighting to their vehicle. Illegal lights can result in a ticket or fine being issued. Regulations can be found at bclaws.ca.

June 26 – Smithers RCMP received a report of possible gunshots heard in the Dohler Flats area. Members attended, spoke with residents and made patrols but were unable to confirm the report.

June 27 – Smithers RCMP responded to a complaint of a possible impaired driver at Tyhee Lake Provincial Park. The vehicle was said to be “gunning it” and driving erratically. Police located the vehicle in question a short time later and observations led to an impaired driving investigation. An immediate 90-day roadside prohibition was issued, the vehicle was impounded and a ticket served for open liquor in a motor vehicle. Smithers RCMP appreciate the public’s assistance in reporting dangerous drivers and remind everyone to please drink responsibly and to not drink and drive.

June 28 – Smithers RCMP and BC Ambulance responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 16 near Grieder Road. A motorcycle and injured female driver were located off road. The driver was taken to Bulkley Valley District Hospital by ambulance and later transported to Prince George. Investigation has not revealed any criminal offence.

June 30 – Police were advised of a single vehicle rollover near the 10 km mark of Hudson Bay Mountain Road. Minor injuries were suffered by a couple of the passengers. Loose gravel and driver inexperience may have been contributing factors. The vehicle was severely damaged and later caught fire while being recovered by the tow company. Due to dry conditions and the location of the vehicle amongst trees and tall grass, Forestry was contacted and attended to ensure the fire could be contained and eventually put out.

July 1 – Smithers RCMP received only 10 calls for service on Canada Day. Members conducted routine patrols and checks throughout the area, including provincial parks and boat launches.

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