There was no vehicle in the tow yard!

North Vancouver

2017-09-21 12:31 PDT

File # 2017-24661

scam

That is the message police are now giving to anyone who may have been approached by a male asking for money to get his vehicle out of the tow yard. Over the last several months, this scenario has played out several times in North Vancouver. Typically, an unsuspecting person was approached by a lone male in a parking lot or other public place and was told that he needed financial assistance to get his vehicle out. Unfortunately, people with a generous heart succumbed to the ploy and gave him money ranging in amounts from $50 to $160, per request.

North Vancouver RCMP received several complaints on these fraudulent actions and began to investigate. On September 18, 2017, 54 year old George Bradford Wilson, of no fixed address was arrested by police as he was attempting to defraud a male under similar pretences. Wilson was subsequently charged with four counts of Fraud, Section 380 (1) of the Criminal Code.

On September 19, 2017, the accused was found guilty of Fraud in North Vancouver Court and sentenced to 30 days in jail.

The known alleged offences that occurred in North Vancouver were committed on August 11, 15, 17 & 18, 2017.

Police are asking the public that if they fell prey to Wilson’s scam, and did not report it to police, to notify the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311, referencing file 2017-24661.
 

Released by

Cpl. Richard De Jong

Media Relations
North Vancouver RCMP
nvan.bc.rcmp.ca
147 East 14 St, North Vancouver, BC, V7L-2N4
Office: 604-969-7561
Cell: 604-363-5584
Fax: 604-990-7450

Email: richard.dejong@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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