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Man wanted in identity theft investigation

Perth (June 9, 2020) – Perth County OPP are looking for a male identity thief who scammed a local bank out of approximately $40,000. He is accused of using a fake ID with another person’s identity while carrying out the transactions on May 21. Later, it has been determined that the transactions were fraudulent. Officials are now seeking the help of the public to identify the man captured on security footage. Investigators describe the man as approximately 50 years old with black and grey hair.

A man is wanted by the Perth County OPP for allegedly defrauding a local bank out of $40,000 using a stolen identity, according to a press release.

Identity theft investigation

In a case of stolen identity, a bank in North Perth lost allegedly $40,000 to an identity thief. The Perth County OPP said the man went to the bank on May 21, at around 11 am. It is reported that he provided identification in order to carry out some banking transactions. He directed approximately $40,000 during his undertaking. Not until later, it was determined that he had stolen a person’s identity. Subsequently, the transactions were fraudulent.

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Consumer Protection Ontario gathered measures people should follow to protect themselves from identity theft, such as emptying the mailbox daily to prevent mail theft. Furthermore, people are advised to shred any documents and items at home with personal information once it is no longer needed and to check their balances on their statements from banks, credit cards, and companies regularly.

Generally, it is recommended not to give out any personal information over the telephone, especially not sensitive data such as SIN number or credit card numbers. Moreover, it is advised to check credit reports once a year for errors or strange activities.

OPP are looking to speak to the man in the picture

The OPP released a picture of the suspect from the security footage. Officials are now seeking help from the public in identifying the man.

Picture of the suspect in the identity theft investigation from the security footage of the bank. (Source: Perth County OPP)

He is described as approximately 50 years old with black and grey hair. Police said, he was dressed casually.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or online at opp.ca/reporting. Tipsters may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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