Seniors citizens, beware of weird bank account scam
DURHAM – Durham Police are investigating a scam in which an Uxbridge senior citizen was the victim of a swindle involving her bank account.
Late last month a 75-year-old Uxbridge woman received a telephone call from a man claiming to be her bank manager. He informed her that one of his employees was suspected of stealing from her savings account and the accounts of other clients. To help stop the thefts she was asked to make a cash withdrawal and bring the money to the Medical Centre parking lot on Toronto Street in Uxbridge where she was to hand it to an unknown man who would ask for her personal information.
The woman did as instructed and was told to keep the theft quiet for a few days because the employee was about to be fired.
The money was not returned to her account and she contacted her bank a few days later to report the incident.
The suspected con man is described as white, aged about 45, clean shaven with slim build.
Persons with relevant information are asked to contact Det. Jim Leipsig of the North Division Criminal Investigation Branch at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 2676. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.