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Gas station jewellery scam happening in Ottawa

The Ottawa Police Service wants residents to be aware of a scam in which suspects have been asking for money at local gas stations. 
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Ottawa Police Service headquarters on Elgin Street. Mike Vlasveld/ OttawaMatters

The Ottawa Police Service is warning of a recent province-wide fraud that has been reported in the area.  

In this scam, a man or woman typically approaches people at or near a gas station and tells them that his or her credit card is not working and he or she needs money to gas up his or her vehicle.  The suspect usually adds that he or she is trying to take his or her family to another city.  

The suspect offers the victim a gold piece of jewellery in exchange for gas money. The jewellery, however, turns out to be worthless. 

Police said this scam has been happening in different parts of Ottawa. 

Victims of this scam are asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service and make a report at 613-236-1222 ext. 7300 or online at ottawapolice.ca. 

For more information on this and other frauds, please follow @FraudOttawa on Twitter.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app. 

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