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Crime report: Phone scammers bilk PQB residents out of thousands of dollars

One fraudster claimed to be calling from U.S., representing Canadian bank

Oceanside RCMP received 234 complaints the week of Nov. 15 to Nov. 21.

Some of those incidents included:

Nov. 15

• A trespasser was reported in the 1200 block of Valley Road, Parksville.

• The door of an electrical panel was removed and power was shut off to residences in the 1100 block of Smithers Road, Parksville.

• A trespasser was reported in the 500 block of Stanford Avenue East, Parksville.

Nov. 16

• Two trespassers were reported in the 600 block of Island Highway East, Parksville.

• A resident was reported scammed out of thousands of dollars by a person allegedly calling from Maryland, USA, claiming to be calling on behalf of a major Canadian bank. The fraudster got the resident to buy prepaid credit cards and forward the card numbers as well as the security PINs resulting in a financial loss.

• A B.C. licence plate was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 300 block of Island Highway East, Parksville. Plate was recovered by Nanaimo RCMP on Nov. 26.

• An Ocean Rodeo brand water board was found on Columbia Beach, Parksville. Contact Oceanside RCMP during regular business hours to claim.

• A custom bicycle was reported stolen in the 800 block of Island Highway West, Parksville. Video surveillance was obtained and being reviewed.

• A business break-and-enter was reported in the 500 block of Stanford Avenue East, Parksville. Missing was a Honda 2000 generator, gas can and five rolls of copper wire.

• An electric scooter was reported stolen in the 300 block of Island Highway West, Parksville. It was recovered a short distance away in some bushes.

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Nov. 17

• A resident was reported scammed out of thousands of dollars by a caller claiming to be from a Canadian bank asking to purchase prepaid credit cards and to provide card numbers as well as PINs.

• A hiking backpack with survival and camping gear valued at $400 was reported stolen in the 100 block of Hirst Avenue West, Parksville.

• An iPhone 7+ was found in the 200 block of Higson Crescent, Qualicum Beach. Contact Oceanside RCMP during regular business hours to claim.

• A black 2006 Ford F-350, B.C. licence plate RE8080, was reported stolen in the area of Hilliers Road and Alberni Highway, Whiskey Creek. Contents of vehicle included climbing gear.

Nov. 18

• A storage unit break-and-enter was reported in the 100 block of Fern Road, Qualicum Beach, on November 18. Missing was some First Nations art.

• A business break-and-enter was reported in the 2700 block of Island highway West, Qualicum Beach. A change box and liquor were missing.

Nov. 19

• Change and insurance papers were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 100 block of McCarter Street, Parksville.

• A quantity of money was found in the 1300 block of Island Highway West, Parksville. Contact Oceanside RCMP during regular business hours to claim.

• B.C. licence plate UMX78D was reported stolen from a trailer in the 3000 block of Pearce Place, Qualicum Beach.

• A grey Norco mountain bike was found in the area of Arbutus Drive and Madrona Drive, Nanoose Bay. Contact Oceanside RCMP during regular business hours to claim.

Nov. 20

• A blue 2006 Suzuki DL650 motorcycle, B.C. licence plate L86068, was reported stolen in the 1700 block of Cameron Crescent, Qualicum Beach.

If you see a crime in progress, call 911. The Oceanside RCMP non-emergency number is 250-248-6111 (extension 7). The detachment is located at 421 Pym St. North, Parksville, with public business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m., Monday to Friday, except holidays.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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