Kelowna: Scammer pockets cash intended for tow

A young con artist working Kelowna neighbourhoods asks for cash to tow his car but pockets the money instead

  • Feb. 18, 2013 6:00 a.m.

A good looking young con artist with a story about a car he needs to tow is making off with Central Okanagan residents’ money and it isn’t even illegal, police say.

Monday morning, Kelowna RCMP spokesman Cnst. Kris Clark shared news of a very prolific fraudster the detachment has received hundreds of complaints about as he works local apartment blocks, condos and single-family homes.

“He doesn’t need a tow. He doesn’t need help. He’s there to simply take your money,” said Clark as he broke down the scam.

The young man, described only as a good looking guy in his 20s or 30s, knocks on unsuspecting residents’ doors and asks for cash as he needs to tow his car and is caught in a jam. The individuals then give him money and he walks away from a transaction that is basically legal as the target has given him money of his or her own free will.

Clark said police believe they know who the individual is, but finding the resources to stop him, particularly when the amount taken is generally only around $30, is very difficult.

He is currently targeting multi-family housing, such as condos and apartments, but he has been known to use a different modus operandi and is believed to have learned off another older individual who practices other forms of hard luck hoaxes in the area.

If turned down, he simply leaves, Clark added, saying residents need to be aware of the scam in order to end his spree.

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