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Family member hangs up on Amazon scammer targeting Oak Bay resident

Oak Bay police respond to 77 calls for service Feb. 27 to March 6

An Oak Bay resident avoided any cash loss after a family member recognized an Amazon scam call mid-fraud.

Someone who said they were from Amazon called about an order placed using the resident’s account to buy a computer from the U.S., Oak Bay Police Department said in a news release.

While the thief was given banking information and a social insurance number, a family member overheard, recognized the scam and hung up the phone. The resident contacted their bank and Equifax to report compromised banking information.

The attempted fraud was reported to police on March 2 and was among 77 calls to OBPD the week of Feb. 27 to March 6.

Hunkered down

Police have a suspect in mind after finding personal items, including identification, in a building broken into in the 2000-block of Beach Drive. A municipal staffer discovered a metal plate broken, causing $500 damage ad allowing entry to the building, and called police on March 3 at 9:30 a.m.

Inside the building police found items including a sleeping bag, bike and identification.

Police are considering recommending charges of mischief under $5,000 and two counts of breach of probation.

Locked or unlocked, vehicle entered

Oak Bay police were called for a theft from a vehicle in the 2100-block of Granite Street the afternoon of March 3. The owner reported their car had been broken into overnight and several items stolen including a first aid kit and a backpack. There was no damage to the car and owner was unsure if they had locked the vehicle overnight.

Boozy break in

A thief made off with about $500 in liquor after break in discovered the afternoon of March 3.

An employee at a business in the 1100-block of Beach Drive discovered a break-in to a building at the rear of the property. While there was no damage to the building, several bottles were stolen.

Anyone with information on these or any crime is asked to call Oak Bay police at 250-592-2424 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

READ ALSO: Riskiest scams in Canada come from home renovations, cryptocurrency


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