Fraud Alert: Police looking for a South Asian male who asks money for his towed vehicle

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Surrey tow fraud suspect (1) Surrey tow fraud suspect (2)Surrey: Surrey Police issued a fraud alert regarding a scam in which the suspect tell homowners that his car has been towed nearby and he needs money to retrieve it. RCMP is asking for assistance in identifying the fraudster who has been recently preying on elderly people and their generosity.

In some cases, the suspect gains access to the residence during the conversation and steals further items from the homeowner. The suspect will sometimes offer the homeowner an item as collateral before a return payment is made which turns out to be stolen property. He has also returned the next day in an apparent attempt to re-pay the homeowner which results in a further theft or robbery of the homeowner. The suspect uses a number of techniques in order to gain the victim’s trust including alleging knowledge of the victim’s family.

RCMP Sgt. Dale Carr said that Between May and June 2014, police responded to three complaints of a similar nature, however Surrey RCMP believe there may be additional victims who have yet to come forward. The frauds have all taken place in the City Centre area of Surrey.

Sgt. Carr added that despite a number of investigative steps and persons of interest, police have failed to identify and locate the suspect. Police requested public to look at this surveillance photo and help to identify who he is. The suspect is described as a South Asian male, mid 20’s, short black hair, clean cut, approximately 6’0”, slim to average build. Police believe the same suspect may be responsible for a series of similar frauds in the Richmond area.

Anyone who has further information or who has been the victim of a similar scam is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.