The Victoria Police Department is warning local businesses of a new scam after a man has posed several times as a new homeowner in need of painting services.
“He keeps phoning people and saying that he’s very busy but that he purchased a home in Victoria that needs painting,” said VicPD spokesperson Const. Matt Rutherford. “He supplies them with a detailed description of the home, likely obtained from MLS.”
The man will then only continue speaking with businesses via text. Eventually, he will ask the companies for their banking information so that he can “send a deposit.”
We're seeing an increase in a type of scam where banking information for businesses (Painting specifically) is trying to be obtained by claiming a house (information likely from MLS) is theirs and want work done. #yyj 1/2— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) November 18, 2019
The plan has backfired on him in at least three recent attempts, as seen when a Victoria woman had three painting companies show up at her door last week hoping to conduct a quote.
Anyone with information on the scam is asked to call the VicPD non-emergency line at 250-995-7654.