Facebook scam costs Nanaimo resident $1,700 — RCMP unsolved crimes

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Stolen TV and bicycle (File # 2021-2329) 

Sometime between Jan. 3 and Jan. 15, an unknown person gained access to a garage in the 2900 block of Meadow Drive. An electric Raleigh bicycle, a new 55 LG TV and a TV mount were taken, according to RCMP.

Facebook scam (File # 2021-771) 

A woman responded to a link forwarded to her from a friend on Facebook about a cash prize of $150,000 from Publisher’s Clearing House on Jan. 7. 

Police said the victim opened the link and began to correspond with an unknown person about claiming the grand prize. She was told in order to claim the prize, she needed to send the unknown person $1,700. After sending the money, all correspondence broke off with this person. 

“Needless to say, she did not win the grand prize. This type of scam is very common and unfortunately many fall for it. A legitimate lottery will never require you to send money in advance of claiming a prize,” said Const. Gary O’Brien. “Additionally, in order to win a lotto, you need to purchase a ticket.”

Parcel thief (File # 2021-2710) 

A parcel containing Thompson River University textbooks was stolen after being delivered to the front door of a home on Vanderneuk Road on Jan. 20, according to RCMP. The cardboard box the textbooks were delivered in was later found discarded in the bushes not far from the home.

Stolen bicycle (File # 2021-2593) 

A shed located in the 700 block of Brechin Road was broken into around Jan. 23. The door to the shed was forced open and a blue and silver Rocky Mountain bike was taken, police said.

Tools stolen from vehicle (File # 2021-3158) 

A vehicle parked in the 100 block of Newcastle Avenue was broken into during the night of Jan. 27. The rear window was smashed and various plumbing, electrical and hand tools were taken — with brand names of Rigid and Husky, RCMP said. Many of the items were stored in a green bag with black straps, while others were kept in a smaller red Husky tool bag.

Suspicious person asking for donations (File # 2021-3502) 

A resident on Bella Vista Cresent reported a suspicious occurrence around 8 p.m. on Jan. 29. The caller told police a White male came to her front door claiming to be collecting donations for UNICEF. 

The man was wearing a vest and had a lanyard with a badge around his neck. No money was given out and he left a few moments later. 

Police said the complainant found this suspicious given the current COVID-19 situation and the individual did not go to other homes on the street to collect donations. No other reports were received by the Nanaimo RCMP about this person.

Anyone with information about these incidents can call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote the file number.

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