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Crime Of The Week

This week's crime is titled:'SURREY ELDERLY SCAM'. Police in Metro Vancouver need your help solving this crime.

Crime: Surrey Elderly Scam
Offence Date: September 10, 2014
Location: not known
Story:

Surrey RCMP

File: 2014-65375, 2014-83333, 2014-65471

Date: May-June 2014

Title: Fraud Alert: Money for a tow?

Surrey RCMP is alerting the public and requesting their assistance in identifying a fraudster who has been recently preying on elderly people and their generosity.

The scam involves the suspect advising homeowners that his car has been towed nearby and he needs money to retrieve it. In some cases, the suspect gains access to the residence during the conversation and steals further items from the homeowner. The suspect will sometimes offer the homeowner an item as collateral before a return payment is made which turns out to be stolen property. He has also returned the next day in an apparent attempt to re-pay the homeowner which results in a further theft or robbery of the homeowner. The suspect uses a number of techniques in order to gain the victim’s trust including alleging knowledge of the victim’s family.

Between May and June 2014, police responded to three complaints of a similar nature, however Surrey RCMP believe there may be additional victims who have yet to come forward. The frauds have all taken place in the City Centre area of Surrey.

Despite a number of investigative steps and persons of interest, police have failed to identify and locate the suspect. Officers are hoping that releasing this information and surveillance photo (attached) will help identify who he is. The suspect is described as a South Asian male, mid 20’s, short black hair, clean cut, approximately 6’0”, slim to average build. Officers believe the same suspect may be responsible for a series of similar frauds in the Richmond area.

Anyone who has further information or who has been the victim of a similar scam is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.



Unsolved Crimes

The crimes listed here still remain unsolved. Scoll down this list to see if you know anything about these crimes.

Langley Home Invasion

Happened on September 8, 2014 at not known.


Maquinna Arson

Happened on September 10, 2014 at not known.


McD's Charity Thief

Happened on September 24, 2014 at not known.


Surrey Elderly Scam

Happened on September 10, 2014 at not known.


Langley Hit & Run

Happened on April 18, 2013 at not known.


YVR Distraction Thieves

Happened on September 4, 2014 at not known.


Coquitlam Bank Robber

Happened on September 8, 2014 at not known.


Kim Fofonove

Happened on October 7, 1978 at not known.


Abby Cat Burglar

Happened on May 15, 2014 at 35000 Christina Place, Abbotsford, BC V2S 8H1, Canada.


N. Van Key Vandal

Happened on August 2, 2014 at not known.


Riel Escape

Happened on August 24, 2014 at Ferndale Institution, 33737 Dewdney Trunk Road, Mission, BC V2V 6Y4, Canada.


Delta Skater Assault

Happened on June 24, 2014 at 80 Avenue & 112 Street, Delta, BC V4C, Canada.


Surrey Truck Smash B&E

Happened on August 11, 2014 at 2200 160 Street, Surrey, BC V3S 9N6, Canada.


Surrey Park Assault

Happened on July 27, 2014 at 7000 188 Street, Surrey, BC V4N 3G6, Canada.


Nike Swoosh Robber

Happened on February 6, 2014 at 3700 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 1G4, Canada.


Burnaby Toque Robber

Happened on April 23, 2014 at 4900 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H, Canada.


Nixon Robber

Happened on June 23, 2014 at 4900 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H, Canada.


Dufferin B&E

Happened on July 9, 2014 at Dufferin Street, New Westminster, BC V3L, Canada.


VPD Cold Case Gurholt

Happened on September 4, 1981 at 575 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC V6B, Canada.


Fleetwood Area Sex Assault

Happened on January 5, 2014 at 15700 80 Avenue, Surrey, BC V4N 0V1, Canada.


Third Kidnap Suspect

Happened on August 11, 2013 at Richmond, BC, Canada.


X Box Thief

Happened on April 2, 2014 at Langley, BC, Canada.


King George Transit Assault

Happened on May 30, 2014 at King George Station, Surrey, BC V3T, Canada.


English Bay Exposer

Happened on July 2, 2014 at English Bay, British Columbia, Canada.


Missing Richmond Tourist

Happened on September 21, 2012 at Richmond, BC, Canada.


North Van Drowning Unidentified

Happened on July 21, 2014 at Lonsdale Quay SeaBus Northbound, North Vancouver, BC V7M, Canada.


Richmond Transit Groper

Happened on May 23, 2014 at WB Westminster Hwy NS Hwy 91, Richmond, BC V6V, Canada.


New West B&E Suspect

Happened on June 16, 2014 at 2100 Edinburgh Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 2X9, Canada.


Fake Stranded Couple

Happened on May 10, 2014 at Coquitlam, BC, Canada.


Larue Cold Case

Happened on December 31, 2002 at East Side, Vancouver, BC, Canada.


Bad Guy Tackle

Happened on June 9, 2014 at Morgan Creek Way, Surrey, BC V3S, Canada.


Candy Lure

Happened on June 23, 2014 at 9320 Walden Street, Chilliwack, BC V2P 8B5, Canada.


Late Night Attacker

Happened on May 3, 2014 at Industrial Avenue, Langley, BC V3A, Canada.


Motel Robber

Happened on February 16, 2014 at 32000 Marshall Road, Abbotsford, BC V2T, Canada.


Donation Box Thief

Happened on April 20, 2014 at Westview Drive, North Vancouver, BC, Canada.


Gun Thief

Happened on April 24, 2014 at Langley, BC, Canada.


Assault Suspect for ID

Happened on April 16, 2014 at Vancouver, BC, Canada.


Mystery Shopper

Happened on January 19, 2014 at not known.


Suspect for ID

Happened on January 19, 2014 at New Westminster, BC, Canada.


Let's 'Taco-bout' it!

Happened on February 24, 2014 at 66 10th Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 1C4, Canada.


MOVE LIKE A CROOK MOVE

Happened on January 28, 2014 at 4500 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC V5K, Canada.


Workplace Assault on Driver

Happened on December 23, 2013 at Burnaby, BC, Canada.


Royal Robbers

Happened on February 21, 2014 at New Westminster, BC, Canada.


Violent Robbery at Vancouver's City Centre Skytrain

Happened on February 3, 2014 at Vancouver, BC, Canada.


Blue Box Bandit

Happened on January 26, 2014 at 737 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC V7H 1K2, Canada.


Assault at Granville Street SkyTrain Station

Happened on December 13, 2013 at Granville Street & West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6B, Canada.


Male and female couple involved in theft and stabbing - Surrey

Happened on December 11, 2013 at 10400 King George Boulevard, Surrey, BC V3T 2W5, Canada.


Taxi Car Jacking Suspect - Coquitlam

Happened on December 17, 2013 at not known.


Coquitlam Gas Station Robbery - Suspects armed with a gun and large knife

Happened on October 12, 2013 at 1100 Johnson Street, Coquitlam, BC V3B, Canada.


Take Over Bank Robbery - Three Suspects

Happened on November 2, 2013 at 3300 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2H5, Canada.



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