Port Moody senior targeted in prescription scam

The victim was deceived out of $350 earlier this week in a scam that promised discount medication.

A senior in Port Moody was deceived out of $350 earlier this week in a scam that promised discount medication. 

The victim was first approached by an unknown male on July 16 at around 3 p.m. while on his way to the pharmacy, according to a Port Moody Police Department press release. The suspect asked to join the senior and when they arrived at the pharmacy he stood close enough to overhear the conversation with the pharmacist. 

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When the pharmacist quoted the price, the suspect said his father was a doctor and that he could get the same medication for only $50, half the price, according to police.

Next, the suspect accompanied the victim back to his home. But when the man asked the senior for another $300 for a “friend in need,” the senior didn’t have the money on hand, so together they went to a bank to withdraw a total of $350. 

Back at the victim’s residence, the suspect feigned a call to get the discounted medication, and when the victim was distracted, “the suspect fled out the back door with the victim’s money,” wrote police spokesperson Cst. Jason Maschke.

Port Moody police are looking for Caucasian male in his 40’s, six-feet tall and with a slim build. He was seen wearing a white T-shirt, beige shorts and white running shoes.

Police ask that anyone with information that could help its investigation call the Port Moody Police Department at 604-461-3456 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or solvecrime.ca.

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