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February 20, 2020 Media Releases

Manitoba Hydro – Fraud Advisory

Winnipeg Police have recently been advised of fraudulent activity involving unknown parties representing themselves as employees of Manitoba Hydro.

In these calls, people are requested to provide personal information related to their Hydro accounts and are then requested to provide payment, in some cases, via Bitcoin, or to attend to a different location with large amounts of cash.

Numerous calls have been received from #1-800-696-4720. Winnipeg Police have reached out to Manitoba Hydro and have been advised that this is not a Manitoba Hydro phone number.

Manitoba Hydro has requested that anyone experiencing this situation contact them at the following web address to complete a report.

You may also contact Manitoba Hydro at 204-480-5900 and their staff will assist you in completing this form.

Once you complete this report, Manitoba Hydro will enter the call into a secure database and you do not have to report to the Winnipeg Police Service.

Winnipeg Police advise that in this or any other similar situation if circumstances appear to be suspicious, hang up immediately and make a report to the Winnipeg Police Service, the appropriate organization, or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center.

If you suffer a financial loss due to this type of incident contact Winnipeg Police Financial Crimes Unit at 204-986-6231.

Motor Vehicle Collision - Arrest: C20-39226

On February 20, 2020, at approximately 4:30 a.m., Winnipeg Police Division 11 members attempted to pull over a vehicle in the area of William Avenue and Princess Street. The vehicle had been observed driving erratically. The vehicle fled from police and was then almost immediately involved in a collision with another vehicle at the corner of Bannatyne Avenue and Princess Street.

The driver of the suspect vehicle fled on foot and was captured after a short foot pursuit.  

The adult female driver of the second vehicle was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Justin VANDALE, a 29-year old male of Winnipeg, Manitoba has been arrested and charged with the following:

  • Impaired driving
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Flight while pursued by a Peace Officer
  • Various weapons-related charges

Vandale was remanded into custody.

The investigation is continuing.

Last Update: February 20, 2020

Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

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