December 8 – South Simcoe Police have pulled images from surveillance video of four people believed to have used gift cards that were fraudulently obtained from Tanger Outlet Mall in Cookstown. Police say a woman, pretending to be a lawyer with a prestigious Toronto law firm, called the Mall November 10 to arrange the purchase of $20,000 in gift cards for a corporate giveaway. She was instructed to provide a bank draft in order to make such a large purchase. At the end of the business day, a suspect, posing as the woman’s assistant arrived with what appeared to be a legitimate bank draft and ID, and was given the gift cards. The draft was rejected by the bank, but not before $11,000 worth of the cards had been used. Video surveillance indicates four people used the cards.
Anyone with information on this fraud is asked to call South Simcoe Police at 705-436-2141 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
November 13 – Police are on the lookout for a woman who made off with 11-thousand dollars worth of merchandise from the Tanger Outlet Mall. Apparently a woman called saying she was from a Toronto law firm looking for 20-thousand dollars in gift cards to give away as corporate gifts. She was instructed to show up with a bank draft. Someone did……but by the time it was discovered the draft was a fake the purchases had been made and the woman was gone. Police are now looking at video surveillance as they try to identify the thief.