Victoria Police are warning local businesses of a new scam. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria Police are warning local businesses of a new scam. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

VicPD warns local businesses of new scam

A man posing as a homeowner has been requesting painting services to try to get banking information

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.”

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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.”

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.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

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