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CSA 23-003 - Theft/Fraud

Updated: Apr 23, 2023

Broadcast Time: 15:00

Date: April 17th, 2023

Type: Community Safety Alert (CSA)

The University of Toronto Campus Safety would like the community to be aware of

a type of incident that has been known to impact our community.

Like the previous CSA, the incident takes advantage of a person's willingness to help a stranger in need. The perpetrator will provide a story meant to evoke a sympathetic response (ex.alleging to be a victim of an assault/trying to get home) and ask for assistance. The perpetrator's initial request is generally small (ex. requesting services or help from other personnel). In a recent incident, the perpetrator made a request that resulted in them being left alone in the helping person's office. The perpetrator left shortly thereafter, and subsequently it was discovered that the helping person's wallet was missing and their credit cards/bank cards were being used.

The perpetrator is described as late 20s-early 30s, 5'1", medium build, light brown complexion, with tattoos on the fingers and backs of both hands, and sparse tattoos on the forearms, wearing a blonde/white/silver shoulder length wig, heavy makeup, and a jean jacket. The individual poses as a student.

If you see this person on campus, please notify Campus Safety immediately (416-978-2222).

If this this type of incident has happened to you, please contact Campus Safety (416-978-2323) so we can gather information.

Students, Staff and Faculty are reminded of the various safety programs offered on

campus including the TravelSafer program (416-978-SAFE (7233), U of T Safety App,

and the Community Safety Office (416-978-1485).


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