‘Fake Flow­ers Fraud’ May Break Hearts this Valen­tine’s Day

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With Valen­tine’s Day upon us, Sur­rey RCMP is re­mind­ing peo­ple to be wary of those tak­ing ad­van­tage of our ba­sic need for hu­man com­pan­ion­ship. “Valen­tine’s Day can be an emo­tional time for some peo­ple,” says Sur­rey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schu­mann. “Many peo­ple get caught up in the sen­ti­ment and ex­pec­ta­tions of the day and may let their guard down, es­pe­cially when it comes to seem­ingly ran­dom acts of kind­ness or af­fec­tion.” One fraud that has ap­peared in Sur­rey re­cently is the so called “fake flow­ers” fraud. An ex­press de­liv­ery com­pany shows up at the vic­tim’s door with a beau­ti­ful gift bas­ket of flow­ers, choco­lates, and wine. The “de­liv­ery per­son” notes that a card is be­ing sent sep­a­rately and ex­plains to the over­whelmed vic­tim that, be­cause the bas­ket in­cludes al­co­hol, a small sur­charge is re­quired to prove that the bas­ket wasn’t de­liv­ered to a mi­nor or left on the doorstep. The vic­tim then hands over their credit card (cash is not per­mit­ted) to the “de­liv­ery man” who then swipes the vic­tim’s per­sonal info us­ing his mod­i­fied card reader. An­other scam that res­i­dents should be aware of this Valen­tine’s Day is “cat­phish­ing.” Cat­phish­ing in­volves fraud­sters who troll on­line dat­ing web­sites and build fake on­line ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships with peo­ple in or­der to ob­tain per­sonal in­for­ma­tion and/or money from their vic­tims. Apps that ad­vo­cate ro­man­tic meet-ups are risky ven­tures from a fi­nan­cial per­spec­tive, but could also en­dan­ger your per­sonal safety and put you at fur­ther risk of vic­tim­iza­tion.

“We ask res­i­dents to go over some of th­ese frauds, and the risks in­volved, with fam­ily mem­bers who may be more vul­ner­a­ble at this time of year,” says Cpl. Schu­mann. “In or­der to en­sure that Valen­tine’s Day is a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence, re­mem­ber to ques­tion any­thing that seems too good to be true and be cau­tious of those who at­tempt to earn your trust too quickly.” For more in­for­ma­tion on fraud preven­tion please visit the Scams & Fraud page on the po­lice’s web­site. If you are the vic­tim of a fraud, please con­tact your lo­cal po­lice and re­port it to the Cana­dian An­tiFraud Cen­tre on­line or at 1-888-495-8501

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