Utility scam targets FortisBC customers

FortisBC is warning customers about a telephone scam on the rise in B.C. in which a caller, pretending to be from a utility company, threatens to disconnect service unless the customer makes an immediate bill payment. The call can take a variety of forms, but most commonly, the customers are instructed to use a prepaid credit card.

FortisBC works closely with customers to address overdue accounts with the aim of continuing service — disconnecting service is considered only after all attempts for payment are unsuccessful. Customers receive multiple notices including bill messages, automated and personal calls and mailed notices all in an effort to continue service. FortisBC also offers a number of payment methods; customers can choose the payment method that is most convenient to them.

In addition, FortisBC will not contact customers in any way, including by email, asking for their credit card numbers, social insurance or similar personally identifiable information. If customers are asked for this information, they can be confident FortisBC is not the entity asking.

Customers can be certain they are speaking to a legitimate FortisBC customer service representative if they call us directly using a number published on their statements or on our website.

FortisBC advises both its business and residential customers that if they receive a threatening phone call about their account or are asked for payment using a specific payment method, they are likely dealing with a fraudster. If a customer receives a suspicious phone call, they are advised to gather as much information as possible, such as the caller’s name, hang up and call FortisBC using the toll-free customer service number printed on their natural gas or electricity bill statement or online at fortsbc.com/callus.

Nicole Bogdanovic
Corporate Communications Advisor

Species at risk – road show

a snake22This B.C. Day, Monday, August 3, the Oliver & District Heritage Society is inviting the public to come and experience  a free travelling exhibit about some of the province’s lesser-known natural wonders- the rare and vanishing animal and plant species of British Columbia.

“British Columbia’s Species at Risk: A Travelling Exhibition” is the creation of the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, and accompanies the Species at Risk Summer Day Camp which will be running in Oliver from August 4th to 7th, 2015. This free exhibit will be open August 3rd from 10 am – 4 pm, and will be located on the lawn of the Oliver & District Museum at 474 School Avenue.

This travelling exhibit offers a unique experience in that it is set outdoors and is entirely “pop-up,” meaning that the pieces are movable and can be assembled anywhere. The exhibit includes tablets for guests to explore an online learning portal, animal dioramas, information about endangered species, and a flower-shaped structure. Knowledgeable interpreters from the Royal B.C. Museum will be on hand to answer any questions and show guests around the displays.

This is a chance for individuals and families who are not attending the summer camp to learn about B.C.’s species at risk and find out how to make a difference. After exploring the exhibit, visitors can enter enjoy the Oliver & District Museum at no charge for a nature-themed film, wildlife information, and displays about local, regional, and national organizations that aid species at risk.

For more information, please call 778-439-3100 or email the Oliver & District Heritage Society at info@oliverheritage.ca. Information is also available on the Society’s Facebook page and on their website at www.oliverheritage.ca.


Yours, Pamela Woolner Community Heritage Manager

Oliver and District Heritage Society

Condolences to the family

vesperPatricia Vesper

April 25, 1932 – July 27, 2015

A public memorial reception will be held at 6:00 P.M. Friday July 31, 2015 at the Vesper residence, 121 VLA Road, Cawston

Update – hearing delayed




Previously on ODN

July 28, 2015 09:00

Appropriate Officer of “E” Division and
Constable Amit Goyal

Federal Court Vancouver

Source: RCMP website

Goyal was suspended two years ago after reported thefts of two vehicles from his home. Other allegations were made by citizens but no criminal charges were ever laid. RCMP have remained tight lipped about this case but a hearing in Vancouver will be tough to cover for local media.