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Attempted Fraud in Stratford

A concerned Canadian Tire employee contacted Stratford Police after a woman tried to buy $5,000 worth of gift cards yesterday.

STRATFORD - Stratford Police were called out to their local Canadian Tire, after a woman tried to buy $5,000 worth of gift cards.

A concerned employee contacted police yesterday.

Acting Inspector Mark Taylor says the woman was being threatened by a fraudster.

"She was told that there was a warrant out for her arrest because she had not paid her Canada Revenue taxation bill. I think when most people hear that they panic when they hear 'arrest' or 'warrant' and they want to get rid of it as soon as possible."

Taylor says police and government officials will never threaten you in this manner.

"Police will not receive gift cards or money over the phone in lieu of arrests or warrants. What they're trying to do is scare you, make you panic and make a quick transaction with gift cards."

Business owners should have their employees to question customers who try to purchase gift cards valued over $100.

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