New Westminster – Transit Police is issuing a public warning of a scam artist who routinely targets those who appear to be foreign students around SkyTrain stations.
In the past several months we have seen an increased pattern of incidents around SkyTrain stations from downtown Vancouver to New Westminster, where a male approaches members of the public asking to borrow cash. He typically approaches people who appear to be foreign students, then attempts to befriend them by saying he is a student. He states he has been unlucky as of late and wishes to borrow money. The victims loan him the money only to find he is unreachable later on.
His approach normally includes the following details:
- He is an international student from the United States or the United Kingdom, and may use an accent
- He needs money to repair his vehicle or buy gas
- He shows his Facebook profile or provides his phone number to gain trust
- He will claim to go to the same school as the victim, even using real teacher & class names to sound genuine
The suspect is described as:
- 20 to 30 years old
- Caucasian, with a fair complexion
- Slim build
- 5 ft 10 in
- Clean-shaven, with cropped dark brown hair
- Gaunt, sunken facial features, and dark circles under his eyes
Members of the Transit Police have investigated each reported incident, but at this time no charges have been laid. We would like to remind everyone to be cautious of frauds like this one, and urge extra caution when making transactions privately and not through a registered organization or business.
Soliciting is prohibited on transit property and vehicles unless permitted by TransLink or for non-profit purposes. If you see someone soliciting, or you are approached by someone who fits the above description, please contact us at 604-515-8300 or by text at 87-77-77.
Remember, if you see something, say something.