Vancouver police warn about bracelet scam after senior loses $15,000
Vancouver police are warning the public about a bracelet-selling scam targeting seniors in the Chinese community.
Police said a 60-year-old Chinese woman fell victim to the scam on June 9 and lost $15,000 in cash.
The woman had just finished a shopping trip in Chinatown when she was approached by a female suspect.
Two other suspects later appeared to help stage the scam, according to a news release from Vancouver police today (June 28).
One suspect offered to sell the jewelry while the other two encouraged the woman to make the purchase.
They attempted to persuade the victim that she should buy a “blood” jade bracelet to avoid suffering bad luck such as a family death.
The suspects also suggested the bracelet was rare, had special powers, and could help cure health problems.
The victim initially gave the suspects $500 in cash she was carrying. The group then accompanied her to a bank to withdraw the rest of the money.
Police said they cautioned the public about a similar scam in 2008.
The suspects are described as Chinese women between 40 and 60 years of age who speak Cantonese. Their heights are between five feet, one inch and five feet, four inches.
Police said the suspect selling the jewelry had a gray purse and wore a gray fisherman-style hat.
Anyone with information can call 9-1-1 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or the Chinese Community Policing Centre at 604-688-5030.