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North Delta Crime Beat: Two scams reported claiming to be RCMP officers seeking money

Files of interest in North Delta for the week of Sept. 12 to 19
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Files of interest for this week from Delta Police.

The purpose of the Crime Beat is to educate and inform the public about some of the property crime trends occurring in North Delta and other files of interest. If you see anything occurring that you believe to be suspicious, call 911 for in-progress crimes and emergencies or 604-946-4411 for other assistance.

*Sept. 13, NDPS 11375 84th Avenue: Complainant attended the police station to report they had been defrauded of a large sum of money. They indicated they received a call from a male named “Paul” of “Ashcroft Technologies” advising that a firewall was required for their computer. In the process of purchasing the firewall the complainant gave the caller their personal banking information and remote access to their computer. The complainant was then locked out of their computer for a few days and when they regained access they found multiple transfer of funds totaling $20,500 had been taken from their account. The bank has changed the complainant’s bank accounts and are investigating the fraud.

*Sept. 14, 11800 Block of 85A Avenue: Complainant reported their catalytic converter was stolen sometime overnight from their vehicle parked in the driveway. Canvass of the area by police proved negative. Estimated value of the theft and damage is $300.

*Sept. 14, 10700 Block of Delsom Crescent: Complainant reported they received a call from a private number and spoke with a person claiming to be their grandchild and that they were in custody and required $10,000 to post bail. The phone was then turned over to a person claiming to be a Surrey police officer. The complainant did not give any personal information or funds to the caller and informed them that they would call a lawyer. The scammers immediately hung up. Complainant indicated they were reporting for information purposes. Police advised the complainant of other popular telephone scams which target seniors and prevention tactics.

*Sept. 15, 11500 Block of 72A Avenue: Complainant reported they had received multiple phone calls from different phone numbers convincing them to deposit $1,400 in bitcoin to an ATM located in Burnaby. The complainant attempted to refuse, but the caller continued calling back claiming to be an RCMP officer and told them if they did not comply they would be arrested on a warrant. The complainant indicted they were required to send a photo of themselves and a receipt of the transaction to one of the phone numbers. 

*Sept. 16, 11300 Block of 87th Avenue: Complainant reported the theft of a catalytic converter from their parent’s vehicle parked in the driveway. The theft occurred sometime over the past few days. Damage to the vehicle approximately $300. Police suggested possible ways to prevent future thefts. The complainant provided with a file number for ICBC purposes.

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