Roadside fraud ploy
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The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) is warning the public to be cautious about a fraud scheme targeting users of the Montérégie road network.
Individuals aboard a vehicle stop at the edge of a highway or at an exit ramp to simulate a vehicular breakdown. When a motorist comes to a stop to see if people need help, fraudsters often cite gasoline outages and ask for money in exchange for fake jewellery. In some cases, sums of money have been withdrawn from the bank to help the ‘stranded’ motorists.
This fraud scheme, similar to charity fraud, occurs when a person uses a pretext for the purpose of extracting money from victims.
The cases reportedly took place in a number of local municipalities including Valleyfield, Hudson and L'Île-Perrot.
The SQ is reminding motorists to be vigilant with regard to this fraudulent ploy.
Remember that any information on criminal acts or suspicious events can be sent to the Sûreté du Québec Criminal Information Centre at 1-800-659-4264 or to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-711-1800.