Potential victims sought
PHOTOS COURTESY SPVM
Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) investigators are looking for potential victims of four suspects who face multiple charges of committing fraud against seniors.
Dinica Dinulescu and Luiza Ana Nistor were arrested and appeared in court Thursday, October 29, facing charges of fraud over $5000, credit card theft, break and enter, and conspiracy. Police are also looking for two other suspects in connection with these events.
The suspects would target their victims in public places, observing and memorizing their personal identification number (PIN) when making a debit or credit card transaction. Suspects were then followed to their homes by two other suspects, usually a couple. They would employ various ruses to distract the victim, ex. pretending to be lost and asking for directions, to distract the seniors while the accomplice stole the cards.
Between July and October 2015, 18 similar events were reported to police. Investigators believe there may be other victims of this fraud. To date, the fraudsters have allegedly stolen approximately $150,000 in this manner. Four of these events occurred in the western region of Montreal, in the cities of Lasalle, Cote St. Luc, Notre Dame de Grace, and Pointe Claire.
Anyone who may have been a victim of these four suspects is asked to report to their local police station of call 911 to make an official complaint.
Police are reminding people to never divulge their credit card PIN over the phone unless you’ve initiated the transaction. When entering a PIN, form a shield with your hand to prevent others from seeing it. Be wary of people approaching or getting too close into your personal space. Check all receipts and statements to verify all your transactions. In case of loss or theft of cards, notify your financial institution immediately.