Police make arrest in North Van impounded car scam
Police have caught a man who allegedly scammed six North Vancouver residents into giving him money he said he needed to get his car out of an impound lot.
From Feb. 22 to March 17, the man allegedly asked the victims for a ride to a local tow company where he said his car was locked up. Not having enough money, he would then trick the Good Samaritans into handing over cash, according to the North Vancouver RCMP.
But it was a scam. After the victims gave him money, the suspect allegedly walked away before they even made it to the tow yard. He doesn't even own a car, according to police.
"Fortunately no one was physically harmed in these shameless acts of fraud and extortion," said Cpl. Richard De Jong in a press release Thursday.
On March 20, George Wilson, 49, was arrested for fraud and extortion. In 2011, Wilson was convicted on similar offences in Vancouver.