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Lucky break saves Saskatchewan business owner from confident sounding scammer

LUMSDEN, Sask. – A Saskatchewan business owner hopes his posting on social media about a close call with a scam artist will serve as a warning to others about the risk of being duped during the Christmas season.

Denis Joyal, who runs a hotel and restaurant in Lumsden, just north of Regina, says a man called recently wanting to buy $3,500 worth of liquor for a Christmas party.

Joyal says the man spoke with confidence on the phone, but luckily another business owner warned him of a similar experience and a check of credit cards used for the purchase showed they had been stolen.

The RCMP was called in to follow up on the transaction and possibly make an arrest, but the man never showed to complete the order.

Joyal spoke to other bar owners in the area and believes the same scam artist has duped businesses in two other Saskatchewan communities — Belle Plaine and Weyburn.

He says it’s unfortunate the man didn’t leave his business in handcuffs. (CKRM)