Twist on Grandparents Scam

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On August 4, 2022, Grenville OPP officers received a call for service with regards to a ‘Grandparent’s Scam’. The complainant reported a female had called on the telephone crying and saying, “Mom I’m in trouble and need help”. The complainant believed it was her daughter. The female told her she had been arrested for impaired driving and that a police officer would call her back. Shortly after, the complainant received a call from a male pretending to be a police officer. He gave her instructions to deposit $5,000 into a specified account which he provided the number for. She was told to deposit the money and call him back. Thankfully the complainant reported the incident to police and no money was lost.

If you believe you have become a victim of fraud, contact your local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 (toll free) or report online at www.antifraudcentre.ca. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or report the incident online at www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca.

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