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Belleville police warn public of ongoing scam at gas stations

Belleville police are warning the public of a scam that was also reported last year.
Belleville police are warning the public of a scam that was also reported last year. Global Kingston

Police in Belleville, Ont., are warning residents of a scam that was reported in the city a number of times last summer and has now resurfaced.

According to police, scammers will approach victims, generally at gas stations, asking for help. A scammer will advise that they have lost their wallet and all of their money and request cash support from victims. The scammer will then offer what appears to be high-end jewelry as collateral but turns out to be fake, inexpensive cosmetic jewelry, police say.

The latest victim lost approximately $200 cash, according to officers.

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Belleville police are advising residents to be cautious if asked for assistance in similar circumstances in which some sort of collateral is offered in exchange, saying it’s most likely fraudulent.

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Anyone who finds themselves in this situation is asked to contact Belleville police and report any information regarding a suspect vehicle description or plate numbers and any physical description of the suspect(s).