White Van Scam is back in Langley, police warn

 

A suspected scam has turned up in Langley, although police say one of the targets was smart enough to say no and call in the RCMP.

Known as the White Van Scam for the usual type of vehicle involved, it involves high pressure sales tactics and electronics of dubious quality.

On Sept. 2, a local resident was approached by two men, in this case driving a blue Jeep, said Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.

The two men offered to sell projector TV units and screens to the local person.

The scammers suggested that their company had been shipped too many of the items, which they claimed cost about $4,300. They said they were willing to sell them for $1,000.

The complainant declined the offer and instead took down the Jeep’s license plate number, said Marks.

The plate turned out to have been terminated years before.

If the victim had bought the items, they probably would not have been of very high quality, said Marks.

These scams usually involve between one and three people. They may be casually dressed or wearing some kind of uniforms. They set up out of vehicles in parking lots or near gas stations, and usually claim to work for a retail chain or installer. For various reasons, they have items for sale for “well below retail” prices, said Marks.

When the prospective victim declines, the scammers may use high pressure sales tactics, or even slash their prices further.

Marks recommends staying strong and not giving in, no matter how good the deal sounds.

“More than likely, the quality of the product is inferior,” she said in a statement. “In some cases, it doesn’t even work at all.”

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