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Scam Alert: Lost and Found Items

September 27th, 2012 | by admin admin | in Security Advice |    0   comments

gold_ring.jpgYou have to give con artists credit for creativity. Last week, a pair approached a religious institution in South Surrey inquiring about lost jewellery. After the Caucasian man and woman in their 30s gave vague descriptions, they were shown some items. They aggressively claimed a gold ring and earring and in the end, left with the items without clearly proving ownership.

According to a Surrey RCMP media release, similar incidents have occurred in Vancouver, North Vancouver and West Vancouver in recent years. Police suspect this couple targets community centres and religious institutions. They forcefully persuade staff members that they are the rightful owners of jewellery and other valuables in lost and found boxes.

The RCMP is warning community groups, businesses and citizens to beware of such scams. If your organization operates a lost and found, ensure staff members request proof of ownership and as much detailed information as possible before presenting items. For example, is the ring silver or gold? How long is the necklace? Any distinctive features or identifiers?

If there is any doubt about the claim, contact police. Do not be intimidated by an aggressive claimant.

To protect your own property, it is always a good idea to engrave identifiers—such as your driver’s license—on valuables. Photos of your jewellery and other items will help with identification if they are ever lost or stolen.

Note: This blog discusses general safety and security topics. It is not intended to provide comprehensive advice or guidance. In all matters of personal safety and security, we encourage readers to research topics in depth and consult a security professional about specific concerns.

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