Elderly woman scammed in Comox
The Comox Valley RCMP warn residents of a recent scam in the area.
The Town of Comox and the Comox Valley RCMP received a call Friday from an elderly woman on Holly Place who was defrauded of $500.
A Caucasian man, claiming to be an employee with the public works department of Comox, stated a water main needed to be fixed in front of her home. For this work to be completed, the man said she needed to pay $500 towards the repair costs. The elderly woman paid the man in cash and he departed.
The Town of Comox confirmed there were no repairs needed, nor would they ever canvass residents to pay for services in this manner.
The Comox Valley RCMP would like to warn people not to pay for services, in cash or otherwise unless they are known to the resident or have shown proper credentials and identification.
The RCMP believe this man has attempted the same scam on other residents in the area and hope to gather more information.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321. Should they wish to remain anonymous they can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave a tip at www.bccrimestoppers.com.
— Comox Valley RCMP