Gift card scammer nets $800 in Oak Bay

Police also called for stolen package, missing medic alert bracelet

A gift card scammer scored $800 in Oak Bay last week as the Google Play card scam makes the rounds.

On May 12 the Oak Bay Police Department received a report of a Google Play Card fraud after a complainant was defrauded of $800.

The complainant started a new job and received an email that appeared to be from her new boss requesting she purchase Google gift cards for a client. The employee confirmed later the supervisor did not send the email and it was a scam.

The gift card scam is prominent right now. It starts with an email where thieves pose as someone the recipient knows and are phishing for personal, financial, and other private information and can include requests for gift cards.

READ ALSO: Saanich police warn of gift card fraud after resident falls victim to scam

Google asks users to remember two important things: first, it can never be used for any purpose other than downloading content from the Google Play Store. Second, buyers must protect the number on the back of the card like cash. No one will ever have a genuine reason to ask for that number.

According to the Anti-Fraud Centre, by the end of March, Canadians had reported nearly 13,000 cases of fraud in 2020 and $15.8 million in total losses this year.

On May 11, Oak Bay police received a report regarding a package stolen from a porch. The homeowner had left the package for UPS to pick up.

The Oak Bay Police Department was also called May 14 for an assault between a landlord and tenant. The suspect was arrested for assault and conditions not to contact the victim.

On May 17, the department received a report of a lost sterling silver Medical Alert bracelet. Anyone who locates one can contact the Oak Bay Police Department at 250-592-2424 and refer to file #2020-1553.



c.vanreeuwyk@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca

Oak Bay Police Department

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Greater Victoria tourism industry ‘can’t wait any longer’ for financial aid

Saanich mayor, business owners call on provincial, federal governments for tourism-specific aid

COVID-19 demolishes new construction in Greater Victoria

Value of new building permits in Greater Victoria drop more than 37 per cent

Group desperate to find solution to wrecks lining shores of Cadboro Bay

Caddy Bay ‘a wild west’ without authority, say locals

No architect for Langford building ruled ‘unreasonable’ by B.C. Supreme Court

Legal action brought against City in 2019 for permit issued on Hoffman Avenue building

Pauquachin First Nation calls on North Saanich to help restore shellfish in Coles Bay

The nation identifies ‘residential onsite septic systems’ as one of sources of contamination

If Trudeau won’t stand up to Trump, how will regular people: Singh

Trudeau did not directly answer a question about Trump’s actions amid protests

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

VIDEO: Internal investigation into aggressive arrest by Kelowna Mountie

A video allegedly shows a Kelowna Mountie striking a man several times

Gold River ready to welcome visitors and restart local businesses

In contrast to single-industry remote communities, Gold River’s diversified economy might help it better survive after reopening

22 new COVID-19 test-positives, one death following days of low case counts in B.C.

Health officials urged British Columbians to ‘stand together while staying apart’

John Horgan says COVID-19 restrictions won’t be eased regionally

B.C. Liberals urge ‘tailored’ response based on infections

Feds get failing grade for lack of action plan on anniversary of MMIWG report

‘Instead of a National Action Plan, we have been left with a Lack-of-Action Plan’

Search and rescue crews help locate 62-year-old Nanoose Bay mountain biker

RCMP: Man got lost on trail and did right thing by calling for assistance

B.C. ranchers, lodge operators say Indigenous land title shuts them out

Tsilhqot’in jurisdiction affects grazing, access to private property

Most Read