It’s an old scam, but it continues to get new victims. According to Port Moody police, a local senior was recently the victim of what’s often called the “grandparent scam.”
Police said the senior got a call from a woman who claimed to be that person’s “favourite granddaughter.”
The caller went on to explain she had been in an accident and was being held by police in Quebec, adding she also needed money to pay for damages.The victim assumed the caller was her granddaughter and wired $7,600 in funds to help her. However, a few days later she contacted her real granddaughter and discovered she had been scammed.
Port Moody police note the scam isn’t new and many police agencies have been warning of similar scams.
“Typically a grandparent receives a call from someone claiming to be their grandchild,” Const. Luke Van Winkel said in a press release. “This person then goes on to state that they are in some sort of trouble, usually a car accident, problems getting back from vacation or in need of bail money.”
The department is reminding residents if they get a similar call to notify the local police department and not send any money without taking steps to verify the information.
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