Door-to-door scammer used hand-held debit machine
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March 18, 2013 - 4:25 PM
By Julie Whittet
RCMP are looking at a potentially large list of fraud victims after catching a Kelowna man in a door-to-door card-skimming scheme on Saturday. Police arrested 22-year-old James Alexander Graham, after being tipped off by a local resident who reported a suspicious man claiming to be collecting funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charity. Graham was using a hand-held debit machine to collect donations.
The charity confirmed they had no relation to the man.
Graham, a man known to police, has been charged with multiple counts of fraud, theft under $5,000, personation and false pretences.
Police caught Graham near the 500 block of Glenmeadows Road, where he had been canvassing residents in the past week. An RCMP investigation has confirmed a total of 47 fraud victims so far, but police believe there could be many more, in both the Kelowna and Salmon Arm region.
Graham is currently in police custody and will appear at the Kelowna Provincial Court tomorrow.
The RCMP is asking anyone who's been a victim of this scam to call local police, and report their compromised credit cards to their banks.
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