Uptown senior victim of oxygen scam

New Westminster seniors are being told by police to be aware of a new type of scam.

New Westminster police say on May 31, an elderly woman reported a man, about 55 years old, came to her Uptown apartment claiming to be from her oxygen tank company. The man told her the rates for her oxygen had gone up $40 per month, so she gave him $80 cash to pay for a two-month supply.

Once he got the money he told her he'd left an item in the suite of another customer and had to retrieve it, but after leaving did not return.

Police say the suspect is Caucasian with dark tanned skin with a ruddy-looking face, a brush cut and wearing a dark jacket.

Police say if someone knocks on a household's door, determine if they have a legitimate reason for being there and don't answer if the person is not expected. They also advise requesting identification from those claiming to be from a company or organization.

Anyone with any information about this incident or have had a similar incident happen to them, contact the New West police at 604-525-5411.

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