The Durham Regional Police are reminding residents to be weary of scammers after a senior in Port Perry was defrauded of her savings.
On Monday, July 10, 2017, at approximately 5:00 p.m., the complainant attended North Division to report her mother was defrauded and tricked into giving the suspect a large sum of money. Police investigated the incident and it appears the suspect, who identified himself as a bank employee, contacted the 86-year-old female by phone earlier in the day. He asked that she withdraw her savings in order for him to inspect the bills. The victim attended her local bank in Port Perry and withdrew her savings. The suspect then contacted her shortly after and requested to meet at a local drug store. At this point the suspect took the money and advised that it would be inspected and then returned at a later date.
The DRPS want to remind residents to make sure to protect themselves from being a victim to these types of crimes, and want to warn seniors about fraud activity which targets them. Door-to door and telephone frauds involving banking, government tax returns and home renovations have been reported recently.
Tips for fraud protection:
- Do not give banking or 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 Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.