Nanaimo man got ripped off after loaning money and receiving fake gold jewelry in return – Nanaimo News Bulletin
A Nanaimo man was scammed after trying to loan a family money and accepting fake gold jewelry as collateral.
Nanaimo RCMP issued a press release this week warning of several scams that took place this spring, including one at a northern foodservice business on April 3.
Police said the victim, who was working at the time, was approached by a “well-dressed couple” with two young children in a newer model vehicle. The couple demanded money, claiming they lost their wallet. They gave the victim several gold jewelry as collateral and said they would phone her in “a few days” to arrange reimbursement.
“The victim later found out that the address she provided was wrong and the phone number provided was incomplete,” RCMP said.
The suspects have been described as being from the Middle East. The woman was nearly six feet tall, was dressed in black and wore a red and white scarf, and the man was about 5 feet 8 inches tall and wore a gray suit. He showed the victim an Ontario ID in the alleged fraud.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP Non-Emergency Line at 250-754-2345 and cite File # 2021-11848.
File number 2021-15591
On April 30, a woman received an email from a friend asking her to purchase a $ 100 Amazon gift card on her behalf and then forward it as a gift to the email address sacrared121 @ hotmail. com. After complying, the victim learned that her friend’s email account had been hacked.
File number 2021-15502
A man was the victim of the “grandson scam” last month in Nanaimo.
On April 29, a man received a phone call from a person claiming to be a lawyer representing the victim’s grandson. The lawyer said the grandson was in a car accident, was in jail and needed $ 6,000 immediately. The victim was given two bank account numbers, deposited $ 3,000 in each account, “and it was on,” RCMP said.
File number 2021-12576
A senior lost $ 4,500 in a computer scam last month.
On April 8, a woman called the police to report the scam. She said she “received an alert on her computer” advising her to call a phone number. She did and was told she was being hacked and someone was buying pornography on her computer.
“To stop her she had to buy Google maps and if someone asked her what the maps were for she had to say that they were for her grandchildren and that they were very important,” RCMP noted. in the press release. “The victim, in his late 60s, spent most of the day driving to buy the cards. “
After purchasing the cards, the woman called back and provided the 10-digit codes on the back of the cards.
“The phone number provided was then determined to be a line of numeric text with no way of determining where it was from,” RCMP said.
Police advise members of the public to protect money in their bank accounts by hanging up when fraud is suspected and calling someone to discuss strangers’ financial demands before making any decisions. Police warn people not to let emotions influence financial decisions and remind people that if something is too good to be true, it is. It is also recommended that you change passwords frequently.
Fraud attempts should be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center by calling 1-888-495-8501 or by visiting www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm.
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