West Shore RCMP is searching for a fraudster, and a resident is out $10,000 after a bitcoin rip-off in Langford.
On July 2, Mounties had been contacted by a Langford man who obtained a telephone name from what gave the impression to be the West Shore RCMP non-emergency line. It is a frequent rip-off the place fraudsters use web telephone phishing expertise to vary their numbers in your name show.
The suspect posed as a police officer and informed the sufferer he was dealing with legal costs and to keep away from hassle he wanted to deposit cash right into a bitcoin account.
At about 2:40 p.m. the identical day, the suspect picked up the sufferer and drove him to a bank at West Shore City Centre. The suspect stayed within the car and instructed the sufferer to take out cash from the bank after which take a taxi to a bitcoin deposit location in Victoria, in keeping with RCMP.
“Phone phishing and bitcoin frauds are unfortunately common. What is not common is the suspect posing as a police officer, offering to pick you up and driving you to the bank. Generally, these frauds take place over the phone and the fraudster pressures you into staying on the phone with them until the deposit is done,” stated Const. Nancy Saggar, media relations officer.
The suspect was not wearing a police uniform, wasn’t driving a police car, and didn’t present police identification. He’s described as a Caucasian man in his 40s, 5’5” with a slim construct and brown hair carrying a light-coloured sweater and khaki pants driving a more recent purple Toyota Corolla. He used the pseudonym “Rayen Rosen.”
“We have canvassed the area for video surveillance, but unfortunately the suspect and his vehicle were not caught on camera. If you were in the area at the time and have dash camera footage please look through it and contact us if you think you captured footage that can help us,” Saggar stated.
The suspect would have been parked close to the Royal Bank at West Shore City Centre between 2:40 and three:15 p.m. on July 2.
Anybody with info is requested to name West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264. For extra info on how you can maintain protected from fraud go to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre web site at antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.
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