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EPS warns of scam involving 'lawyers' demanding money after 'accidents'

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ESTEVAN — Estevan Police Service members responded to a new scam report, accident, domestic disturbance and more over the past couple of days.

On June 5, police received several reports of a scam, in which the caller stated that they were a lawyer representing a family member who was being charged with a criminal offence due to a collision. The scammer requested that family send money to the lawyer who will then take care of the charges. 

"In the event you receive a similar call and are concerned about the validity, please contact the police before sending money, or contact the family member directly to determine if they have, in fact, been charged with anything," EPS said.

No money or personal information was provided to the scammer during the reported occurrences.

Police also responded to a three-vehicle collision in the north end of the city. One driver was charged under the Traffic Safety Act.

Members were dispatched to an east-central residence where a domestic disturbance occurred. Two women attended the residence where they became involved in a verbal confrontation with the homeowner. Upon leaving, one of the women damaged property outside of the residence. The 37-year-old was subsequently located, arrested and charged with mischief. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance on Aug. 12.

Members were also dispatched to a local business for a 911 hang-up call on June 6. Staff were contacted and the call was determined to have been made accidentally.

Police were called to a residence for a report of possible mischief. Members attended and obtained photos of the scene. The matter remains under investigation.

The same day, EPS received a report of a theft from a vehicle and subsequent fraudulent use of a credit card. The matter remains under investigation.