Police warn public of stolen cellphone scam at downtown night clubs

Screenshot of a message received by a patron of Stages Nightclub after the patron’s phone went missing after being in the club. Submitted photo.

Kingston Police are advising residents on how to handle being contacted about their stolen cellphones after an influx of calls regarding phones stolen at downtown nightclubs.

According to Const. Ash Gutheinz, Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police, the local police have received a number of calls regarding cellphones stolen from people at nightclubs in downtown Kingston. A number of those who have contacted police describe different-yet-similar scenarios they’ve experienced when trying to track down their missing phones.

According to a post on social media, after losing a phone at Stages Nightclub, one complainant contacted Stages directly. According to the person who made the initial post, her friend received a phone call where the caller indicated they had the missing cellphone and directed the owner of the phone to meet them at Stages. When the victim reached out to Stages, they received the following message from the nightclub.

“We didn’t’ have any phones turned in last night nor did our cleaners find any today in the building.

We believe someone was stealing phones last night as we’ve had an onslaught of people looking for missing phones. Stages is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Some people have reported getting a phone call to the number they listed on Find my iPhone from an unknown number saying they work at Stages and that they need an appointment to come retrieve their phone. In the interest of your safety, we recommend not attempting to meet this unknown person, they ARE NOT a representative of Stages Nightclub.”

Some victims have also been asked for personal information, Gutheinz said.

“We would like to advise the public that if they call their phone and individual states he works at one of the downtown nightclubs and to provide personal info or pin to get in the phone, do not do so,” he said.

Anyone who receives calls or messages of this nature after losing a phone is advised not to follow the instructions of the caller, and to report any such occurrence to police. Kingston Police can be reached at the non-emergency number 613-549-4660 etx. 0.

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