Thursday, February 22, 2024

Nanaimo man scammed out of over $25,000 in credit card fraud


A Nanaimo man is out over $25,000 after his credit card was used in a scam in September 2019. 

Nanaimo RCMP say a stranger to the victim opened a credit card and a line of credit on September 19th, 2019, at the BMO bank located at 6908 Island Highway North in Nanaimo. 

The alleged scammer then racked up charges upwards of $25,000 on them. 

“The victim reported his loss to Nanaimo RCMP and indicated he has no knowledge of this person,” said Cst. Gary O’Brien in a press release, “and was unaware of the transaction until such time that BMO contacted him.”

Police acquired a photo of the alleged fraudster from the bank’s surveillance footage, and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him. 

Cst. O’Brien says information is limited, but police believe he impersonated his victim by either presenting the victim’s ID or presenting ID that was made to look like the victim’s through manipulation.

If anyone has information on the identity of this man, they are asked to call Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

See also: Victoria man loses $6,000 to scammers impersonating bank representatives 

This news comes just a day after a Victoria man lost $6,000 in a gift card scam. 

In the wake of that incident, VicPD instructed the public to report fraud attempts to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by calling 1-888-495-8501 or online at their website here.

Anyone who has given out financial or personal information to potential scammers is advised to contact their financial institutions and ensure all unauthorized payments are stopped.

With files from Brishti Basu

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