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South Delta Crime Beat: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

Scams and frauds highlight this week's police report for South Delta
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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 South 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.


*May 9, Police Headquarters 4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent: A bank employee reported that an unknown male had instructed a customer to withdraw all their money from their account. Police attended and spoke to the customer who indicated they did not know the male and could not provide any further details. No money was withdrawn from the account, the bank alerted the customer they were being defrauded. Police provided the customer with information as to what to look out for from fraud suspects.

*May 11, Police Headquarters 4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent: Complainant reported they were switching their TV provider from Telus to Eastlink and subsequently received a phone call from a male who said they were from Telus. The complainant provided personal information to the caller, but when asked for their credit card number, became suspicious.  The credit card number was not provided and a call to Telus indicated the call was likely fraudulent. Police advised the complainant to monitor their accounts and in future not to provide personal information to unknown callers.

*May 11, Police Headquarters 4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent: Complainant reported they had received a text from an unknown person requesting money claiming to be the complainant’s son who is travelling overseas. The complainant e-transferred $1,850 before they realized they were the victim of fraud. The complainant indicated they had contacted their bank who advised them to file a police report and contact the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre. Complainant reported for police file number and information purposes only. 

*May 12, 5000 Block of Canoe Pass Way: A business reported two males had stolen two Smith and Wesson knives, a pocketknife, and a pair of sunglasses with a total value of $395 from the store. The business provided police with surveillance video detailing a description of both suspects for possible identification.

*May 13, 1 Ferry Causeway: Complainant reported they left three bags containing personal clothing and two laptops at birth 3, ferry waiting area, while they went for dinner and when they returned the bags were gone. The ferry staff indicated there is surveillance video of the incident, which will be sent to police. 

*May 13, 1600 Block of 56th Street: Complainant reported the catalytic converter was stolen from their vehicle parked in the underground parking lot. The parking lot gate had been left opened prior to the incident. No surveillance video available. File number provided for insurance purposes.


*May 8, Police Headquarters 4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent: Complainant reported they had been alerted by TransUnion that a credit check had indicated two possible fraudulent charges to their account. The complainant was also informed by Fido that a fraudulent account had been opened in the complainant’s name and now had a $167 balance. A file dispute has been filed with TransUnion, and Fido is in the process of cancelling the outstanding balance. Complainant was not out money, but wishes the incident documented in case of further activity.

*May 8, Police Headquarters 4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent: Complainant reported they were the victim of a possible fraud when they were asked to send a money order for $300 to a Florida address in exchange for clearing their computer of alleged viruses.  When the complainant informed the bank, they were instructed by the bank, to contact the police regarding the fraudulent incident.  Police advised the complainant to inform Equifax, block all phone numbers related to the incident, and have an anti-virus program installed on their computer.

*May 12, 5100 Block of Ladner Trunk Road: A business reported they had a male in custody, who had stolen $279 worth of product, and left the store without payment. Police attended and arrested the suspect for theft under $5,000. The suspect was released with a future court date and a no go order from the store. 

*May 8, Police Headquarters 4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent: Complainant reported they had befriended a person on Snapchat and had sent intimate images of themselves as requested. The complainant is now being extorted by the unknown person for money to prevent the images from being sent to a local news outlet, their friends and family. The complainant has sent a large sum of money to the suspect who is continuously requesting more.  Police advised the complainant to cease all contact with the suspect. The complainant was provided with a link to who supports victims of non-consensual intimate image abuse. Complainant offered and accepted the support by Victim Services.

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