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Langley residents warned to watch out for sob story
The woman came to the door with a sob story about a sick baby that would draw at anyone’s heart strings. Now Langley RCMP are looking for the 20-something fraudster.
On Sept. 5, an overweight woman in her late 20s arrived at several doorsteps in the neighbourhood of 264 Street and 56 Avenue, claiming to be a neighbour down the street who has been locked out of the house by accident and needs to use the victim’s phone.
She tells her victims that her baby is very sick and urgently in need of medicine. The woman then gives quite a story and says she doesn’t have enough money to pay for the medications and requests a loan, said Langley RCMP.
The fraudster may elaborate on the ruse stating that her family is out of town and unable to assist. As she departs, she may even provide an ‘IOU’, a phone number and a promise to return. Needless to say, she doesn’t return.
One victim even offered to drive the woman to the pharmacy to get the medication. The fraudster said it wasn’t necessary.
One victim gave $100 to the woman and another gave $60. The suspect had her hair in a ponytail and wore beige shorts and a black shirt.
Police continue to investigate to identify the woman responsible for this fraud.
“While it is commendable for us to want to help those in need, it’s a sad reality that there are those out there who take advantage,” said Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks.
“It is your good will these fraudsters are preying upon. There is a variety of community and social services available to assist people with legitimate predicaments.”
If you have information for the police about this woman call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.