December 6, 2022

A  Chéticamp, N.S., garage is among a number of Canadian tire sellers that have been scammed out of thousands of dollars.

RCMP say thieves have targeted businesses in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Alberta and Manitoba with more than $20,000 in total losses reported.

Sherry Bourgeois works at Larade’s Tire Shop in Inverness County that was recently targeted by the scheme. 

The garage lost more than $5,000 after shipping tires to an address in Montreal only to find the thieves cancelled payment through a credit card company. 

“It’s a kick in the rear end and it’s frustrating,” said Bourgeois. “I have to admit we do kind of feel stupid here. But now we’re looking at all the other places that were duped, too. So I guess it is a very good scam, it really is.”

Bourgeois says her husband’s business has become used to phone calls from different area codes as many new people have moved to the area, and often customers phone from out-of-province looking to outfit vehicles amid an ongoing tire shortage.

Bourgeois said the scam began when a stranger phoned in August looking for eight tractor-trailer tires that cost $600 each. With tax, the order totalled $5,520.

She said the purchaser left a phone number, email address and paid through an approved credit card purchase. 

The business shipped the tires and received confirmation they arrived. But the garage was later notified that the order was cancelled and deemed fraudulent. Subsequent phone calls and emails to the customer…

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