The Timmins Police Service is issuing a warning to residents after a report of a scam involving a local contractor and out-of-town ‘investors’.
The report indicated that on November 27, 2017, a local contractor attended a hotel conference room in Timmins for a previously scheduled business meeting with individuals who identified themselves as investors looking to set up a project in the area.
Information received by police indicated that once the complainant arrived at the pre-determined location, the purported ‘investors’ were involved in a poker-type card game while waiting for another individual to arrive. The individuals invited the complainant to play cards with them, with the game ending in money being owed by the complainant to the suspects.
Once the funds owed were received by the suspects, all communication ceased and a follow-up meeting regarding the project was never scheduled. As a result of the card game, the complainant lost several thousand dollars.
Similar incidents have been reported in the past in other communities. Police are urging residents and the business community that should they be approached in this manner, they should gather as much information as possible to ensure the ‘investors’ are legitimate. Anyone having experienced suspicious dealings as described above is asked to contact police.