The emergency-grandparent scam has claimed a victim in South Glengarry, warns the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police.
The victim lost $5,500 after being contacted by a scammer claiming to be her grandson. He said he in custody following a motor vehicle collision. He had minor injuries, but needed money to pay the insurance company of the other vehicle involved. The victim then transferred the amount requested.
To avoid becoming a victim, police advise you to first check with another family member or trusted friend to verify the information before sending money or providing credit card information by phone or e-mail. It is vitally important that the incident be reported every time it occurs, to allow police to investigate and prevent others from becoming victims. If a scam artist contacts you or if you have been defrauded contact your local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC). You can file a report with the CAFC by calling 1-888-495-8501 (Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm EST) or by using the online reporting tool at www.antifraudcentre.ca