Police are seeking the identity of a suspect who defrauded a Durham resident of thousands of dollars with a phone call of distress requesting funds during a feigned emergency.
During the month of July, an elderly resident of Durham received a phone call from a male suspect whom she believed to be her grandson. The male suspect stated he had been arrested in Montreal and required funds to retain a lawyer. The victim sent the requested $9,000, in two installments, by way of a money transfer agency. One of the money transfers was picked up by a suspect in the Ajax area. The victim contacted her grandson and determined he had not been arrested nor was he in Montreal at the time of the phone call.
The suspect is described from the image, as: male, white, clean-shaven with dark hair and of medium height.
Durham Regional Police would like to take this opportunity to remind the public to confirm information, should they receive any phone calls or emails, from a relative or anyone, who is claiming to need money immediately due to any emergency and to remain vigilant regarding financial affairs, at all times.
Anyone with new information to this investigation or if you can identify the suspect, is asked to contact Detective Brett McCagherty at 905-579-1520 ext. 5279. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or to www.durhamcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
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