Fraudster posing as member of Calgary Fire Department to steal money

Mar 23 2018, 11:03 pm

If you’re looking to buy something online in the Calgary area, you may want to be wary.

The Calgary Police Service has issued a release warning the public of an online fraudster using a Calgary firefighter’s identification to trick people into trusting them.

According to the release, the suspect is contacting people who have posted to ticket buy/sell sites, claiming to have tickets available for hockey games or concerts. The person then sends a photo of the firefighter’s identification to coerce the victims into transferring the money, at which time all communication is severed.

Police have confirmed that the member of the Calgary Fire Department is a victim of identity theft and is not the one committing the fraudulent behaviour.

It is recommended to use caution during public transactions, and to contact the Calgary Police Service if you have any information on the incidents.

The CPS can be reached at their non-emergency number by phoning 403-266-1234, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477, or online through their website.

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