April 5, 2015 8:41 pm
Updated: April 6, 2015 8:01 am

Saskatchewan family warns about alleged scam artist

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Watch above: When a family took to social media to tell their story, many more victims of an alleged scam artist came forward. Amber Rockliffe reports.

SHIELDS, Sask. – Chad Pysden and his partner Jaclyn Sander said a man they thought they knew has taken off with their truck, after allegedly scamming them out of $6,000 – no small sum for a young family with three children.

“He came to work for me as a mechanic in my shop,” explained Pysden.

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“I worked with him for about a week, and mentioned that I had a truck for sale … he asked to purchase it.”

Pysden works as a foreman in a Saskatoon mechanic shop. Because the man was his employee, Pysden said he felt he could trust him and accepted a personal cheque for the truck.

“When his cheque bounced, he told us it was because his fiancée had left him and drained their bank account,” explained Sander.

“He said his father had passed away, and he’d need time to go to the funeral … I found out later on that his dad wasn’t dead; he’s alive and has a business in Wakaw,” Pysden explained.

The family said the alleged scam artist took off with their truck and never returned it, giving them a slew of excuses via text messages.

As an administrator of the 306 Truck Club on Facebook, Pysden posted a warning to his page about his former employee. Within four hours, the post had more than one thousand comments.

“Many people started coming out, saying they’d been scammed by him in the same manner,” Pysden explained.

Pysden said they’ve contacted Hanley RCMP and an investigation is underway. Global News reached out to the detachment, but the constable looking into the case was not able to comment in time for the story’s deadline.

The family hopes to get their truck back and find out more answers in the coming weeks.

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