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Weekly Media Release for June 13 – June 19, 2022

The Oak Bay Police Department responded to 76 calls for service last week.

On June 13, the Oak Bay Police received a report of a theft from auto in the 1000 block of Foul Bay Road. The complainant reported that lock on the driver’s door had been pried off. Personal items and ID were stolen. This investigation is ongoing. (OB 2022-1779)

On June 14, the Oak Bay Police received a report of a Break and Enter in the 2000 Block of Cedar Hill Cross Road. The complainant reported that the door to the building had been broken. The suspect(s) targeted the front door of the building but did not gain entry. This investigation is ongoing. (OB File 22-1782)

On June 14, the Oak Bay Police received a report of a fraud. The complainant reported that they were contacted on a social media app by a person asking for assistance by allowing them to deposit money into their bank account. Once the money was deposited, they were asked to withdraw it and deposit into a bitcoin account. Prior to withdrawing the money, the bank met with the complainant cancelled the deposit before it reached her account. The complainant did not suffer any financial losses in this file. (OB 2022-1784)

On June 17, the Oak Bay Police received a report of an online scam. The complainant reported receiving an email advising a parcel wasn’t delivered to their residence as they were not at the time. The complainant clicked on the links and provided their credit card number, along with expiry and security code. The complainant realized it was a scam and subsequently cancelled their credit card right away. The complainant did not suffer any financial losses in this file. (OB 2022-1829)

The Oak Bay Police Department wishes to remind the community of the importance of fraud education and protecting themselves from becoming a victim.

Tips to protect yourself:

  1. Before you purchase online, be sure to verify the legitimacy of the seller.
  2. Make purchases from known legitimate companies.
  3. Never allow anyone to access your computer through a screen sharing application.
  4. Consult someone you trust before sending funds if you have doubts.
  5. DO NOT provide personal information (e.g., Social Insurance Number, passport number, banking information or credit card numbers) over the phone unless you placed the call, and you know for certain who you are speaking to.
  6. Accredited businesses and government agencies will never ask for payment using gift cards or bitcoin.
  7. If you suspect it is a scam- just hang up. Conduct your own research to determine validity.

If you have information regarding these or any crime, phone Oak Bay Police at 250-592-2424 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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