Public Warning: Alleged fraudulent bank drafts used to purchase multiple vehicles

Richmond, Public Alert

2024-03-06 14:14 PST

File # 2024-5728

On February 21, 2024 Richmond RCMP arrested a man who was allegedly purchasing vehicles using fraudulent bank drafts.

Richmond RCMP were investigating a complaint about a stolen vehicle at an automotive business in central Richmond. During the course of this investigation a suspect, not associated to the dealership, was identified and arrested, resulting in the recovery of three vehicles that had been fraudulently obtained.

Richmond RCMP Economic Crime Unit (ECU) have since identified five additional vehicles connected to this alleged fraud series. The first report was received January 21, 2024 and the most recent report was from February 26, 2024. The vehicles range in value from $ 33,000.00 to $ 87,000.00 with a combined value of $ 443,688.00.

We are issuing this public warning as we believe there may be additional victims who are not yet aware that their vehicle was purchased using a potential fraudulent bank draft, says Corporal Melissa Lui, Richmond RCMP Economic Crime Unit, If you are a victim we ask that you contact your police of jurisdiction. We are also asking anyone who may have information about these investigations to come forward.

Some ways to protect yourself against this type of fraud include:

The man was released from custody on a police undertaking.

Richmond RCMP ECU, part of the Richmond RCMP Organized Crime Unit, have conduct of this investigation.

The investigation remains active and ongoing.

Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation, is asked to call Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit them online at

Released by

Cpl. Adriana O'Malley
Media Relations Officer
Richmond RCMP
11411 No 5 Road, Richmond, BC, V7A 4E8
Office: 604-207-5189
Fax: 604-207-4716


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