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Latest scams making the rounds involve a knock at your door: Central Okanagan RCMP

July 28, 2017 - 9:00 PM

KELOWNA - Police are issuing a warning about a rash of door-to-door scams in the Central Okanagan.

RCMP say they have been receiving complaints, mostly from elderly residents, about men knocking on doors and asking for money.

The man claims to be a neighbour who broke his door key in the lock of his car and is short money to pay for a tow truck, according to an RCMP media release. He assures the victim he will pay them back but he never returns.

Police say another variation on the door-to-door scam is a suspect who tries to pressure the victims to buy something they don't want or need. They'll say things like supplies are limited. Other fraud artists will provide an invoice for their services that is unreasonable or overpriced.

RCMP recommend the public do some research before buying a product and refrain from buying things, such as electronics, from people in parking lots or other public locations.

For tips on how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of a scam or fraud visit the BC RCMP website or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website.

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