Masset RCMP seek info after accident

  • Apr. 8, 2013 1:00 p.m.

Masset RCMP are seeking information from the public about a bike accident last week that left a cyclist injured. Sgt. Blake Ward said RCMP received a call April 3 at 10 pm that a cyclist had been struck by a passing motorist. The cyclist, who had been drinking, was riding along Harrison Avenue when he allegedly swerved to avoid being struck by the passing vehicle and ended up falling off his bike. He sustained upper body injuries but was able to ride his bike to a friend’s place and call police. Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to contact the Masset RCMP. Cyclists are reminded about the requirement to comply with legislation under the Motor Vehicle Act. Failure to wear a helmet may result in a $29 fine, while riding a bicycle on the sidewalk, on the wrong side of the road, or riding in the dark without lights could all result in fines of $109 for each offence. Another computer-related scam was reported on April 4, Sgt. Ward said. An Old Massett resident was locked out of his computer with a page indicating links to the RCMP and Interpol. The page said the computer had been frozen by police as a result of a criminal investigation because the owner had visited inappropriate and adult-rated web sites. In order to remove the lock, the owner was advised to pay $100 through an online payment service provider. Reports of similar incidents have surfaced in other parts of BC, most recently the East Kootenays, Sgt. Ward said. Masset RCMP would like to remind people that the RCMP and other Canadian government agencies do not send “pop up” messages requesting payments of any kind. This type of message is known as ramsomware or scareware and is designed create shock and anxiety, so that victims send in money quickly. In other reported incidents, people who paid the funds did not have their computers unlocked. This is a scam and anyone wanting to know more should check out the ransomware page on the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website. To protect yourself, please follow these tips: never click on a pop-up that claims your computer has a virus; update your anti-virus software often and scan your computer for viruses regularly; don’t click on links or attachments in e-mails sent to you by someone you don’t know; turn on your browser’s pop-up blocking feature; never download anti-virus software from a pop-up or link sent to you in an e-mail. If you’ve received a ransomware or scareware message, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (1-888-495-8501) to report it. For more information and tips about scams and frauds affecting Canadians, please go to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website. Masset RCMP continue to welcome any information on illegal or suspicious activities in our communities. Please contact the Masset RCMP at 250-626-3991 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.bccrimestoppers.com.