On July 2nd 2020, the West Shore RCMP was contacted by a Langford resident who reported being defrauded.
The victim received a phone call from what appeared to be the West Shore RCMP non-emergency line, a common scam where fraudsters use internet phone phishing technology to change their numbers on your call display.
The suspect posed as police over the phone and told the victim he was facing criminal charges involving his social insurance card and to avoid trouble he needed to deposit money into a Bitcoin account. At about 2:40 p.m. the same day the suspect picked up the victim from his home and drove him to the Royal Bank at West Shore Town Centre. The suspect stayed in the vehicle and instructed the victim to take out money from the bank and then take a taxi to a Bitcoin deposit location on Fort St. in Victoria. The suspect was not dressed in a police uniform and was not driving a police vehicle, nor did he show any police identification.
The suspect was described as:
- Caucasian male in his 40’s;
- 5’5 tall;
- slim build;
- short brown hair;
- wearing a light coloured sweater and khaki pants;
- driving a red Toyota Corolla (newer model);
- introduced himself as using the pseudonym “Rayen Rosen”.
“The victim was defrauded $10 000,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP Media Relations Officer. “Phone phishing and Bitcoin frauds are unfortunately common. What is not common is the suspect posing as a police officer, offering to pick you up and driving you to the bank. Generally, these frauds take place over the phone and the fraudster pressures you into staying on the phone with them until the deposit is done. We have canvassed the area for video surveillance but unfortunately, neither the suspect nor his vehicle were caught on camera. If you were in the area at the time and have dash camera footage please look through it and contact us if you think you captured footage that can help us. The suspect would have been parked near the Royal Bank at West Shore Town Centre between 2:40 and 3:15 p.m. on July 2nd,
If you have a tip regarding this investigation call the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264. For more information on how to keep yourself safe from fraud visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website: www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm
Cst. Nancy Saggar
Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP