Posing as a charity fundraiser, a Canada scammer tricked local shoppers into purchasing doughnuts. She used the transaction to steal their credit card information and charged thousands of dollars to their accounts.
How the Scam Worked:
Police believe that the scammer set up a booth in malls throughout the Edmonton area. There, she sold doughnuts, claiming that the money went to help victims of a recent flood. The woman only accepted credit or debit card payments for the pastries. She captured the card information and charged the accounts an additional C$900 to C$1,100. There may be more victims of this scam. Edmonton Police are urging anyone who might have been victimized to call the Service non-emergency line at 780-423-4567 or #377 on a mobile phone.
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NOTE: Thanks to BBB of Central and Northern Alberta for alerting us to this scam.