Fraudster poses as Calgary firefighter
The Calgary Police Service is currently investigating several incidents where fraudulent online transactions have occurred using the identity of a Calgary Fire Department member.
During these occurrences, victims post ads on online buy and sell sites seeking tickets to hockey games or concerts. The posters are contacted through text message by a person claiming they have tickets for sale. In all of the cases, the suspect has volunteered, or provided upon request, an image of an Alberta Drivers’ Licence beside a Calgary Fire Department uniform in an attempt to fraudulently verify their identity and ensure the money transaction occurs.
Once the victims transfer the money, communication is blocked by the recipient and the tickets are never obtained.
Officers have confirmed that the Calgary Fire Department member is a victim of identity theft and is in no way connected to any of the fraud allegations. A photo of the documentation sent to victims can be found on The City of Calgary Newsroom.
The Calgary Police Service recommends the public use caution during online transactions. Further tips can be found on cybertip.ca.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service non-emergency number, 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers anonymously through any of these methods:
Case # 18110686/5272