It may be the season for generosity, but Chilliwack RCMP are reminding residents to still be careful, especially when asked for money at your door or over the phone.
Local RCMP have received at least two reports during the last week of a male showing up at a residence and asking for money. In these instances, the male reported that he needs a ride to the hospital and money to pay for various things, including the ambulance or to get a vehicle out of impound.
“It seems this person is using people’s good nature to get money for them and is using this as an opportunity to steal other items,” said Cst. Ashley St. Germaine. The suspect was described as caucasian, approximately 25 years old, dark curly hair, approximately 5’9” and of slim build.
She recommended the following steps to protect residents from a potential scam:
• If you don’t feel comfortable opening the door for someone, at any time of day, don’t
• If someone shows up at your house and won’t leave phone the police
• Remind children, when on the phone to never divulge that they are alone, where they live or who they live with.
• If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
• Do not provide any amount of money to strangers
• Phone the police if you have any suspicious activity to report.
Chilliwack RCMP wants to encourage the public to be on guard when receiving calls or visits from strangers and report any suspicious activity. If you have any information on this event call the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).