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Lévis man arrested for defrauding seniors of more than $100,000

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A man 56-year-old was arrested on December 21 and is accused of defrauding more than $100,000. (Archive photo)

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Éric Desjardins, a 56-year-old man, was arrested on December 21 for fraudulently extorting more than $100,000 from four individuals. The Lévis City Police Department (SPVL) urges the population to exercise caution.

Following complaints of fraud, the SPVL arrested Éric Desjardins. He appeared for the first time on December 22 and must do so again at the Quebec courthouse on Thursday.

The suspect cheated four elderly and vulnerable people, authorities said.

Mr. Desjardins became friends with the victims and, following various stratagems and various lies, he gained the attention and trust of his victims and then extracted a certain amount of money from them. ;money, explains Jean-Sébastien Levant, spokesperson for the SPVL.

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Éric Desjardins was arrested on December 21.

We are not talking about love fraud as such. There was truly a bond of friendship and, through various stratagems, he extracted several tens of thousands of dollars, he continues.

The SPVL invites anyone who may have been a victim or witness of reprehensible acts committed by Éric Desjardins to contact the SPVL at 418 832-2911 or with the TEL-LIEN line at 418 835-5436.

Fraud is increasing in the Lévis region, which pushes the police to appeal for caution.

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Unfortunately, people get caught week after week. We can never say it enough: you have to be very careful with telephone type fraud, mentions Mr. Levant.

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Telephone fraud schemes are becoming more and more frequent and the SPVL invites the population to be extra careful. (Archive photo)

If in doubt, it is better to check with your financial institution, advises the holder -speech.

If people feel like they could give information sensitive, it is up to them to communicate directly with their banking institution to ensure that the request is legitimate.

Banking institutions will never request personal information by telephone or directly in person, specifies Jean-Sébastien Levant.

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