Man arrested after village assault 

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A 25-year-old Squamish man is due in North Vancouver Provincial Court on May 30 after assaulting a Whistler woman in the village on April 1, just after 1 a.m. in the morning.

The police got the call from a doorman, who pinned the man until the police could arrive.

According to the victim, she was standing outside the nightclub with friends when she was approached by the intoxicated male. He propositioned her, and when she made it clear she wasn't interested and asked him to leave he became aggressive and swore at her. He then punched her once to the side of her jaw, knocking her down.

When police arrived she was bleeding from the mouth, and was taken to the Whistler Health Care Centre for an assessment. There was no update on her condition.

The male was held in cells overnight and the next day was released on an undertaking to appear in court on May 30 to answer the charge of assault.

Pemberton woman caught in Craigslist scam

The RCMP is investigating after a woman attended the detachment on May 30 to report a scam. She had answered ads on Craigslist seeking secret shoppers, and received a cheque for $4,000 she was told to deposit in her personal account and use it to make purchases and rate businesses. Her first assignment was to go to a money transfer business in Whistler and send $1,000 and $1,300 to different locations.

In the meantime the $4,000 cheque, written by Maple Ridge Community Management Ltd., was declared fraudulent.

The RCMP is investigating and following the money trail, but the victim is out $2,300.

There have been a number of scams reported on Craigslist, and people are urged to be suspicious whenever money changes hands and to take precautions before sending money to ensure that the transaction is genuine.

police warn of credit card scam

Millions of credit card numbers have been stolen in recent years in various data thefts, including up to 1.5 million credit card numbers after Global Payments Inc. was hacked earlier in March.

It seems that scammers are losing no time trying to capitalize on the information, and have been calling residents in West Vancouver claiming to be security staff from credit card companies, and asking for the three-digit number on the back of the cards to verify their identity — the last piece of information that a thief would need to use the card online.

The police caution the public to never give this information out over the phone. Instead, credit card holders are advised to hang up and call the toll-free number on the back of the credit card to speak to customer service, which will verify whether the call was accurate. Do not call any numbers that the person may give you over the phone.

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