Police warning the community about fraudulent scam targeting seniors

Lethbridge Police are warning the public about a scam where an unknown male subject(s) has been approaching older women in parking lots in an effort to defraud them.

Over the past few weeks police have received several calls about a darker-skinned male approaching elderly females in parking lots or following them inside stores, confronting them about damaging his vehicle while parking and demanding several hundred dollars in order to avoid making an insurance claim. In addition, police also received a report of a note being left on an elderly women’s vehicle and advising her to call. Upon calling, the male who answered demanded insurance information and payment.

Police believe the subject is watching drivers as they enter parking lots and then targeting them accordingly.

If no collision has occurred, anyone who is approached in this manner is advised not to provide any personal information or money to the subject and contact police immediately.

Investigation in the matter is ongoing and at this time the only description of the subject is a darker-skinned male.

Anyone who has been approached in this manner or has information about the subject is asked to contact police at 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at www.tipsubmit.com