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‘Agent’ scams Oak Bay TikTok user out of $1K before resident catches on

Oak Bay police answer 79 calls for service the week of March 4 to 10
FILE - This photo shows the TikTok icon on a phone screen. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)

Someone posing as an “agent” on a social media platform proved to be the old cash-back scammer taking money from an Oak Bay resident.

The TikTok user reported the fraud to Oak Bay police on March 9, telling officers they’d received a message on TikTok from someone who liked a video they’d posted. The “agent” claimed the video could be used to inspire others and sent them a $2,000 cheque.

The cheque was “sent” but the scammer called back saying it was an overpayment and asking for $1,000 back by etransfer. The resident sent the $1,000.

Anyone who has been scammed should contact local police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. Visit for more information on various scams and how to stay safe.

The fraud was among 79 calls for service to the Oak Bay police the week of March 4 to 10.

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Thief leaves a trail

Dirty footprints alerted an Oak Bay resident to a break-and-enter subsequently reported to police on March 7 just after 8 p.m.

The resident returned home to the 3000 block of Ripon Road after a few days away to discover dirt tracked into the home that led to a closet. They found jewelry and after further investigation realized $30,000 worth of jewelry was stolen. Saanich forensics processed the scene and the incident remains under investigation.

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Care and control

A man is without his licence for 90 days after a concerned resident called police reporting someone staggering to their vehicle with beer in hand.

Police responded to the 2200 block of Bowker Avenue on March 6 just before 1 p.m. and found a 33-year-old man in the driver’s seat “in care and control of the vehicle.”

Officers saw symptoms consistent with having consumed alcohol. The man was subsequently arrested and provided breath samples. The man was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded and police plan to recommend charges.

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