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Parking Lot Dropped Money Scammers Targeting Kingston

Release Date: July 31, 2018

18-21625, 27910, 28117

 

Kingston Police have received multiple complaints of a parking lot scam currently targeting local residents.

 

The scam involves a male and female or lone male approaching a victim walking to his/her vehicle. The suspect produces a bill (usually $20), claiming to have found it near the victim’s vehicle and asks if it belongs to them. Once the victim pulls out a wallet or purse to check, the suspect steals their bank card, leaves and immediately makes withdrawals.

 

Often the victim does not realize their card has been stolen at that time, as the suspect uses distraction techniques such as “accidently” bumping the victims’ wallet out of their hand. On one occasion the suspect outright grabbed the victim’s wallet and stole the card. An accomplice inside the store may be obtaining the PIN by getting in line behind the victim. Loses are typically around $1000, however one victim reported a theft of $4500.

 

Three of these thefts occurred in the Walmart parking lot located at 1130 Midland Avenue, however it is suspected other areas may be targeted. The photo below from is from a bank where one of the stolen debit cards was used. The male in the photo is a suspect for use of the stolen card, it is unknown at this time if he was involved in the actual theft.

 

Anyone with information, is asked to please contact Detective Brad Hughes at 613-549-4660 ext. 6286 or via email at bhughes@kingstonpolice.ca.

 

You can also provide tips anonymously via:

 

  • By calling our general number 613-549-4660 ext. 0 and asking to be anonymous
  • By calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)