Arrest made in scam case

Scammer who had been posing as handyman arrested last week

SIDNEY — Sidney North Saanich RCMP, Central Saanich police and the Island District Federal Commercial Crime Section worked together last week to arrest a scammer who had been posing as a handy man around the Peninsula.

On Sept. 17, the three groups arrested the 45-year-old for fraud, but he has since been released on the condition that he is not to perform any work requiring certification under the B.C. Safety Authority.

He is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Victoria on Oct. 24.

Police are reminding people to conduct checks with the Better Business Bureau and the B.C. Safety Authority to confirm the validity of business licences prior to hiring anyone to perform work at their residence.

Police also suggest that peple get a second opinion prior to having work completed by a contractor.

Sidney North Saanich RCMP are proactively delivering safety presentations to area seniors to educate them on matters related to fraudulent scams.

To learn more, contact the detachment at 250-656-3931.

— Sidney North Saanich RCMP