Quick Thinking Staff Thwart Scammer
A seventy five year old St. Thomas woman was spared a financial loss thanks to quick thinking staff at Canadian Tire. The woman went to the location and attempted to buy thousands in Apple gift cards. Police attended and spoke to the woman who reported receiving a call from someone claiming to work for Apple.
The man advised her that her information had been breached and she would need to pay a fee to protect her accounts. The fee would be collected by providing PIN numbers off the back of several gift cards. Officers were able to educate the woman on regularly circulating scams and convinced her not to follow the instructions of the random man on the phone.
A thirty four year old London man is wanted by St Thomas Police. The man is alleged to have breached his release conditions by ignoring an association/communication ban with his estranged wife. He is also charged with a historic domestic assault. A warrant is being sought for his arrest. ^18922
$4000 Lost to Fraud
A St. Thomas woman in her sixties is out $4000 after falling victim to a fraud. The woman was contacted by phone from someone claiming to be from Scotia Bank. The called advised the woman’s credit card had been compromised and they would need her to make several gift card purchases to “track” the security breach. The woman purchased $4000 worth of Amazon gift cards from several different retailers and provided the PIN numbers to the caller. Please protect yourself and your money. Go to www.antifraudcentre.ca and learn about regularly circulating scams. ALWAYS CHECK THE SOURCE. This scam could have been avoided by hanging up on the scammer and calling the phone number on the back of the credit card directly to check the status of the account.
A hyper blue cruiser style bike was stolen from the rack in front of the Real Canadian Super Store Tuesday night around 7 pm. The lock was cut and left behind. If you have any information about this theft or saw anything suspicious in the area please contact STPS at 519-631-1224 or www.stthomas-elgincrimestoppers.ca Refer to case #ST22018956