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Saanich police warn of potential roadside electronics scam

Tillicum area resident reported suspicious activity Feb. 2 around white Pro Audio Video van
The Saanich Police Department is warning the public of a potential fraudulent electronics operation in the area. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Police are warning Saanich residents about a suspicious electronics sales activities involving a white van labelled with Pro Audio Video.

In a Tweet on Thursday morning (Feb. 3), Saanich police wrote that two people were reportedly selling electronics from the van, which was observed in the Tillicum area Wednesday at noon.

“This is a common, decades-old scam. It usually involves a deal that’s too good to be true and also aggressive salesman who are impatient and only deal in cash,” Saanich Police Department Const. Markus Anastasiades told Black Press Media.

The van is described as an older white minivan with sliding side doors. No description of suspects was provided.

Saanich police followed up the called-in report Feb. 2 but could not locate the van.

Police recommend the best way to protect against such scams is to purchase electronics from a reputable dealer, but if purchasing from an individual, ensure the model and serial number on the box match the contents inside.

Anyone who sees the Pro Audio Video van is asked to call Saanich police non-emergency line at 250-475-4321, as the police would like to speak with the occupants.

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