Alert Bank Teller Notifies Police About Fraud Scam Targeting Elderly Couple
Thursday June 25th, 2015
Posted at 6:04pm
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It started with a supposed agreement to fix a chimney and ended in an elaborate scam that saw an elderly Windsor couple bilked of over $11,000.00. Windsor Police credit an alert bank teller who noticed irregular withdrawals from the victims account and notified police.
Police say that on May 6th, 2015 in the early morning, a Windsor couple, 74 and 76 years of age, received a knock at their door. A man presented himself and advised that he had noticed their chimney was in need of repair. Knowing that their chimney was needing work, the couple agreed to have the man fix the chimney for $360. The couple gave a deposit to the man for materials.
The following day, the man returned to the house to do the work, but he had no tools and no ladder. The couple provided him with a ladder and a hammer. He went up on the roof and knocked some of the bricks off. He indicated that he had to stop due to the rain. He returned advising the couple that they had to pay for materials before he could do the work. The man never returned to complete the work.
In total, the couple paid the man $3,000 for work that never got completed.
Not satisfied with what was happening, the couple told the man that they wanted their money back. He advised them that he would pay them back in full. He indicated that he was receiving a large inheritance and would use that money to repay them. He advised that he required a ride to the bank so that he could get them their cash.
Police say that this happened over 20 times. He was driven to the bank, he would go in and then exit telling the victims; “I have good news and bad news” he would go on to explain that the inheritance money was there however he had an outstanding debt that need to be cleared up. Each time the debt was for something different. The victims would provide him with the cash to clear the debts in the hope that of getting their money back. In total, he was given over $8,000.
On June 22nd, 2015 the suspect again asked to be driven to a bank at Devonshire Mall. The female victim withdrew cash for the suspect, again to pay a debt that would allow the inheritance to be freed up.
The suspect indicated that he needed more than the victim could get at the bank machine. The victim went inside the bank and approached a teller to make an additional withdrawal. Looking at the bank records, the teller noticed numerous withdrawals on the account in May and June, 2015. The curious teller questioned the victim, asking if she was getting some work done around the house. The victim told the teller what was going on.
Recognizing that the woman may have been victimized, the teller called police.
Police attended the bank and commenced an investigation. The suspect had left the victims vehicle and had fled the area. Police broadcast information in relation to the suspect.
At approximately 12:00 noon on June 22nd, 2015 police saw the suspect in the area of Tecumseh Road West and Prince Road, exiting a bell payphone. Police arrested the suspect, who is known to police, without incident. The victims advised police that they had received a call at their residence from a Bell Payphone prior to noon that they did not answer.
Michael Wayne Moore, 35 years of Windsor is charged with fraud exceeding $5,000, fraud under $5,000, three counts of breach probation (“not to request of receive monies from any person over 65 years old not directly related to you”), three counts of breach probation (“not to associate, contact or hold any communication directly or indirectly with anyone 65 years of age or older.”), and three counts of fail to comply with condition of judicial release (“you are not to do business with any person over the age of 65 years”).