Community Safety Alert – Sample Tax Email Scam

Given it is tax season, it is a great time to be wary of unsolicited emails that are fake.  Below is an example of such an email.  It is quite convincing and looks real.  If you are unsure, do not click on links and contact the company or government office at the publicly listed numbers to confirm.

Julie Rosenthal

Program Coordinator, South Cowichan Community Policing


From: Canada Revenue Agency []
Sent: February 19, 2013 2:36 PM
To: your email address
Subject:Tax Refund Notification
Dear TaxpayerRecalculation of your tax refundLocal Office No 3718
Tax Credit Officer: Barbara Hébert
Tax Refund ID Number: 681716203
Refund Amount: CAD 274.00After the last calculation of your fiscal activity, we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of CAD 274.00.  Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 9-12 business days in order to process it.

Click Here To Have your Tax Refund In your Bank Account In Next 9-12 business days in order to process it and take your time to submit the details needed. Note: A refund can be delayed a variety reason, for example submitting invalid records or applying after deadline. Our head office address can be found on our website at Canada Revenue Agency.






Annual Block Watch Captains Meeting

In February 2014 we will be holding our annual Block Watch Captains meeting.  Stay tuned for dates and location

In February 2013 we had over 40 in attendance at Brentwood College for a special presentation by Sybille Sanderson of CVRD Public Safety on Emergency Preparedness.

For our beloved Shirley Walker, it was her final evening as the Block Watch Coordinator for South Cowichan.  She will still be involved with SCCPAS but she is looking forward to spending some more time on the golf course.  Block Watch and the fan-outs will now be managed from the Community Policing Office by Julie Rosenthal.   Thank you so much Shirley for over 15 years of dedication to our community!

Come into the office today to find out how easy it is to start a Block Watch in your neighbourhood.

Below are a few pictures from the evening.

Social Media Here We Come!

We have embarked on a journey into the world of Social Media and have joined Facebook and Twitter.   Like and Follow us for the latest information on crime, crime prevention and safety in South Cowichan.  Click on the links below to take you directly there.

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Police Alert – Illegal Shooting


Shawnigan Lake RCMP continue to receive numerous calls from residents in the Kingburne and Renfrew Road area for shots fired especially during the weekends and evenings.   RCMP attended on the 13th of January to the Kapoor Main area West of Shawnigan Lake around 3 PM  and charged two Victoria  males with Discharge Firearm in a Non Shooting Area with a fine of $345.00 were issued.

Police are asking both local citizens  and non-residents of the area to take advantage of the local gun clubs on the Malahat and in Glenora to do their shooting.   Police and the folks who live in these areas are concerned for their safety as well as those utilizing these weapons.  Shawnigan Lake RCMP have been working with area neighbors in the Renfrew Road area, as well as Timber West, Island Timberlands and Margaret Forestry Company.  These companies do not want illegal shooting on their lands for obvious reasons.

Shawnigan Lake RCMP will continue to help educate and will be increasing patrols in these areas.

Sgt. Rob WEBB

Shawnigan Lake RCMP

Community Safety Alert – Suspicious Activity in Area


Today I received three emails from three different areas regarding concerns in the community.  They are printed below – a good reminder to lock your doors and keep alert about suspicious activity in your neighbourhood.


Shirley Walker

1)    Duncan area

Hello All

Please be aware of a white GMC Suburban style vehicle that has been in the area and trying to “scam” people. The incident usually involves the person stating they have run out of gas. Remember please report any suspicious activity to RCMP immediately.

2)    West Shawnigan Lake area Block Watch

Just a heads up for everyone, as both of our cars had gas caps tampered with last night.  Both caps were undone, but nothing was actually done.  My car being  a newer one doesn’t have a locking door(tap one) but does not allow any siphoning  My husbands is also not locking but it doesn’t appear anything was done as there was hardly any gas in the car.

3)    Mill Bay area – on Wed. afternoon

Hi Shirley,

About a half hour ago, my son (adult) heard two men talking on our property, then a knock at the door, the dog started barking.  By the time my son got to the door there was no one around.

I called the RCMP in Shawnigan, and they have reports of two men in a white van in the area.  Apparently trying to drum up business from an Alberta paving company.

The RCMP would be interested to hear if anyone is getting another story and also a license plate number would be appreciated.