Once again, Coquitlam Mounties are warning the public about a distraction scam targeting seniors in the community.
According to police, the latest incident happened on the morning of Oct. 9 as an 85-year-old man trying to buy a newspaper at a store in Port Coquitlam was approached by four people.
The group, made up of two men and two women who were in a dark-coloured sedan, told the senior that they would like to give him something.
Police said the group then started to adorn him with two golden-coloured rings and a golden-coloured necklace. They drove off after saying “God bless you” to the victim.
The victim found the whole incident strange and worried that the jewelry might be crime-related. So he dropped in to the Mary Hill Community Police Station to talk to a police officer.
The senior then discovered his own 20-inch gold chain with a gold-plated tab with the word “Karl” engraved into it, along with a gold wedding band with a single small diamond, had disappeared. Investigators believe the loss of the victim’s own jewelry may be linked to the four individuals in the dark-coloured sedan.
“The victim did the right thing by reporting it to the police,” RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said in a statement.
“Thieves use a number of tactics to distract the victim and ‘giving you gifts’ is one of the ways. It often happens very quickly with the victim only realizing what happened sometime later.”
In August, two seniors in PoCo and Coquitlam were the victims of a similar scam.
A Coquitlam senior had her 24-karat gold necklace and pendent stolen after a woman tried to put a necklace on her as a thank-you for directions.
A woman in PoCo also had her gold necklace stolen after she was approached by a woman trying to sell another necklace to raise money.
The suspect tried to put the necklace around the victim’s neck.
The suspects in the latest incident are described as having dark skin and being between the ages of 50 and 60.
The two men had short black curly hair and the two women were wearing scarves around their heads covering their black hair.
Mounties are reminding members of the public to keep their jewelry concealed when in public and to not let strangers into their personal space.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2013-30073.
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