Staff at Foodland Prevents Fraud

  • Community   Wednesday, March 29, 2023   Contributed
Pictured from left to right is Glenn Bailey (manager), Wanda Mossey (cashier), Corey McKay (owner).  (Contributed photo)

Pictured from left to right is Glenn Bailey (manager), Wanda Mossey (cashier), Corey McKay (owner). (Contributed photo)

On Wednesday, March 22, 2023 shortly after 11:00 a.m. the Stratford Police Service was contacted by staff at the Foodland, located at 84 Wellington Street, in the Town of St Marys, regarding a possible scam.
It was learned that an 89-year-old resident of St. Marys attended the store to purchase gift cards for an unknown person on the phone. The cashier, Wanda Mossey, recognized the situation as a scam after asking the customer several questions, and attempted to talk the customer out of making the purchase.
The Stratford Police Service attended to assist with the situation when the customer insisted on buying the gift cards. Together, the officer and the staff at the store were able to convince the customer that the phone call she received was a scam and helped put measures into place to prevent further problems.
The Stratford Police Service would like to extend thanks to the staff at Foodland in St Marys for recognizing this situation and preventing a fraud from occurring. Cashiers, as well as other retail employees, can play a powerful and important role in fraud prevention by engaging customers in conversation about their purchase and asking some very simple questions. Further to the staff at Foodland, we would like to thank all retail employees for playing a role in fraud prevention every day.
If you have been the victim of a fraud please contact us at 519-271-4141 or contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to report the incident.