Fraud suspects using fake gold in exchange for gas money

Special to WC Online

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Police Organized Fraud Unit is warning the community about a recent province-wide fraud reported in the Ottawa area.
In this scam, a male or female suspect typically approaches people at or near a gas station and tells them that his/her credit card is not working and he/she needs money to gas up his vehicle.  The suspect usually adds that he/she is trying to take his/her family to another city.
The suspect offers the victim a gold jewellery piece in exchange for gas money. The jewellery turns out to be a worthless fake. This scam has occurred in different parts of the city.
The Ottawa Police Service Organized Fraud Unit is asking Ottawa residents that been victims of this scam to contact the Ottawa Police and make a report at 613-236-1222 ext. 7300 or online at
For more information on this and other frauds, please follow @FraudOttawa
Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.

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