The Port Moody Police Department has recently received complaints of a male knocking on doors and asking for money to pay for a tow truck. He tells the resident that he has been in an accident or his vehicle has broken down and that he has no money to pay for the tow.
While not in every case, solicitations like this are often deceitful and simply designed to get money from an unsuspecting homeowner. Door to door frauds are not uncommon and can include aggressive sales pitches for products or services that don’t exist and requests for charity donations by people not authorized by the charity they pretend to represent.
If someone shows up at your door asking for money for a tow truck, consider offering to call the police to assist them. In the event that you see suspicious people in your neighbourhood or at your door, please call the police non-emergency line.
Information for fraud prevention can be found at the Canadian Anti-Fraud website at antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.
Sergeant Brad Sheridan