St. Albert, Alberta – Between the dates of October 3 and 4th, St. Albert RCMP received 3 reports where a scam artist has exploited people for large sums of money.
St. Albert RCMP would like to warn the community of a scam artist who is busy at work talking people out of their hard-earned dollars. The scam artist is approaching people in various parking lots in St. Albert including Staples, Rona and Rosedale. He stays in his vehicle, holding a map and asking for directions to the airport. He strikes up a conversation with his target and states he needs money to help him get home to Italy. He shows documents to support his story and offers gifts of leather jackets and suits as a thank you for loaning him money. He explains he is a fashion designer who cannot take the samples of clothing home with him. The suspect is well-rehearsed and very convincing allowing him to be easily believed. Although the scammer has targeted various age groups, it would appear he is focusing on our seniors.
The suspect is described as
• Mid 30’s
• tanned skin
• slight to average build
• 5’8″ to 5’9″
• Black hair, short with receding hairline
• Shortly trimmed beard; but scruffy
• Italian accent
• Wearing a silver chronograph watch
Suspect was last known to be driving a Nissan S.U.V., black in color (possibly a Rogue) with a gray interior.
This “fake leather jacket” scam and variations of same has been circulating in various cities and has been around for a few years. If you think you have spotted a scam or have been targeted by a scam, contact your local law enforcement agency. There are other agencies that can be contacted for advice or to make a report such as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center who can be reached via email at www.antifraudcentre.ca or 1-888-495-8501.
If you have information about this incident, please call the St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).
St. Albert RCMP