Help police identify fraudster (with photos)
2017-04-24 14:53 PDT
File # 2017-50861
Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying an alleged fraudster that drained thousands of dollars from a victim’s bank account.
After returning from vacation, the victim discovered that several purchases and withdrawals had been made at various stores and automatic teller machines (ATM) using the victim’s debit card. The financial institution was notified and was able to obtain surveillance photos of the alleged suspect.
Surrey RCMP General Duty officers are leading this investigation. It’s been determined that mail theft was likely the catalyst that allowed the owner of the debit card to be impersonated. Officers have been unable to identify the suspect and are asking for the public’s assistance.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 20-30 years old, 150 lbs, with short dark hair, a slim build, and wearing dark pants and agrey hoody or a black jacket.
Mail theft is one of the easiest ways for someone to be impersonated, says Corporal Scotty Schumann.
With your personal information, fraudsters can even get access to your bank accounts. Pick up your mail daily, or stop delivery while you are away. Diligence is the best protection against identity theft.
For more information on fraud prevention please visit the Surrey RCMP’s website. If you are a victim of fraud, please contact your local police and report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.
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Cpl. Scotty Schumann
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