New Twist on a Credit/Debit Scam
Penticton RCMP are warning residents about a new scam that is bulking unsuspecting residents out of hundreds of dollars.
Two men are going door to door dressed as a Starbucks employee and a UNICEF volunteer taking donations via a portable credit and debit card machine.
Sgt Rick Delleburr with the RCMP says so far eight people have been scammed and it doesn't appear that any specific neighborhood has been targeted.
"They are going door to door and what they have is ready brew Starbucks coffee. So they are printing off a receipt and giving them the coffee as a thank you and off they go. It's a couple of hundred here 200 there. Not large amounts but it's usually anywhere between 100 and 500 dollars withdrawn or purchases on"
There appears to be two different suspects and they appear to canvass separately.
Suspect one is described as:
- A male, black, 25-30 years of age, 5'6" to 5'8" with medium build, short hair/shaved head. wearing a business suit/Starbucks shirt, and the name tag "Jim".
Suspect two is described as:
- A male, white, 30 years old, and wearing casual business clothing/UNICEF badge.
Sgt Dellebuur says they are following up on leads but ask that anyone with information contact the Penticton RCMP.
Anita Sthankiya -Penticton