The Edmonton Police warned the public as scammers continue selling fake auto insurance policies and hvae defrauded the citizens of thousands of dollars.
“On Sunday, June 20, 2021, the EPS received a report about fake auto insurance. It was reported to police that the citizen had purchased auto insurance through a local broker, Almarta Brokers; however, when they contacted the insurance provider to update their information, they were informed that they did not have auto insurance with the provider,” the Edmonton Police said in a statement.
The statement further added “Since then, police have been made aware of seven additional reports of fake auto insurance purchased through the same brokers.”
In each case, correspondence with the brokers reportedly took place via emails and text messages only, payment was completed via e-transfer and complainants received insurance documents that looked identical to those from a valid insurance provider, the Edmonton Police said, adding that to date, officers believe more than $10,000 has been defrauded from citizens.
The Edmonton Police also added that officers continue to investigate these incidents and are encouraging anyone who believes they have been scammed by Almarta Brokers to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone.