Summerland RCMP issue caution regarding Good Samaritan Scam
January 31, 2017 - 3:40 PM
SUMMERLAND - RCMP are warning residents about a good Samaritan scam in Summerland.
Cpl. Chris Richardson says in a media release the Summerland RCMP received a report of a young woman impersonating someone who had no money for food or shelter. The woman was provided assistance by the victim of the fraud on Jan. 30 by paying for a hotel room for the woman.
"A police investigation determined that this woman is a habitual panhandler and self admits to the same," Richardson says in the release.
Richardson is urging the public to use discretion when providing money, property or other means to someone who appears down on their luck, as the scam is a common one, providing only temporary relief to the scammer, many of whom will use financial donations for items other than food and shelter.
Anyone with questions or concerns about someone needing such assistance should contact their local police detachment. They may be able to assist by putting the person in touch with community resources set up to provide those less fortunate with access to food and shelter
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