A male suspect is wanted for fraud after an 86-year-old Port Perry woman was allegedly targeted by a fraudster.
A woman called police on July 10 to report that her mother had been tricked into handing over her savings to a stranger. A man pretending to be a bank employee had called the woman earlier that day asking that she withdraw her savings in order that he could inspect the bills.
The woman withdrew a large sum of money from her local bank in Port Perry and met the caller at a local drug store where she handed over the bills for inspection. She was told the cash would be returned.
Durham Regional Police are looking for a suspect.
Meantime they are warning people to avoid becoming a victim of this type of crime by following these tips:
- Do not give banking/personal information over the phone
- Attend your bank in person to ask questions
- Do not give money to someone unknown to you
- Do not purchase gift cards to pay taxes or fines
- Call someone you trust to help you, if you are unsure
Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to contact North Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2672. Anonymous information can be sent to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca; tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.