Suspected scammer spent $50,000 of victim’s money: police

An alleged identity theft gave access to the victim’s line of credit.

A Langley woman allegedly spent about $50,000 of another woman’s line of credit over two months earlier this spring, Port Moody Police say.

On May 5, a woman called the Port Moody Police Department after discovering that her personal information had been compromised, and that someone had used that information to gain access to her bank account.

The suspect had spent about $50,000 of the victim’s line of credit in March and April, at approximately 50 locations around the Lower Mainland, said Cst. Jason Maschke.

Cash was withdrawn from ATMs, and spent at a variety of businesses and a casino.

On June 7, members of the Port Moody Police executed a search warrant in the 19800 block of 37A Avenue in Langley.

A 34-year-old woman was arrested and charged with two counts of unauthorized use of credit card data and a breach of recognizance.

She is being held in custody as of this week.

Maschke said the incident should remind people to keep a close eye on their banking activity, as early detection can help limit the damage done by identity and information theft.

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