News

Theft turns into scam

A purse theft that turned into a scam has New Westminster police issuing a warning for the public to keep their personal information safe.

NWPD report a purse was stolen from a vehicle in front of the owner's residence on Oct. 22. Shortly after she discovered the theft she got a phone call from a blocked number. The man at the other end said he was a police officer and had arrested the suspect. He then said he was transferring her to the security section of her bank. That's when a woman's voice came on the phone and convinced the victim to reveal her personal identification number for her bank cards so they could be replaced.

New West police arrived a little while later and discovered the call was a sham.

The department advises against leaving valuable items in vehicles and to remove all possessions when parking, including shopping bags, spare change, electronics and briefcases.

"Be extremely vigilant in revealing any personal information over the phone or internet to anyone," said Staff-Sgt. Paul Hyland in a press release. "If you are unsure if you are talking with a police officer, request their name, badge number and a callback number so you can be sure it is legitimate."

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Emission limits set for B.C. LNG producers
 
Former bar owner sentenced to probation for sexual assault
 
UPDATE: Commissioner calls off hearing into New Westminster police-involved shooting
Former New West bar owner to be sentenced for sexual assault
 
Complex expected to be $1.9 million over budget
 
Four arrested in Langley City home invasion
Election 2014: White Rock mayoral candidate likens TV debate to ambush
 
Two arrested after vehicle, store targeted
 
MP Hiebert defends reactive changes to his bill

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event