The first six months of 2021 saw 457 reports of what the financial crime unit calls ‘grandparent fraud’, resulting in over $ 1 million in losses nationwide.
According to the Winnipeg Police Service, scammers are targeting elderly people and claim to be a grandson or other family member who has been arrested and needs bail.
But the scammers do not stop pretending to be a relative, sometimes they will pretend to be a representative of a detained family member, e.g. A lawyer or guarantor. Once the victim is fooled and the money is secured, the scammer sends a courier to pick up the money and even goes so far as to use ride-share drivers to pick up the money.
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The Winnipeg Police Service reminds the public to be very careful with any phone call that requires money, especially if it is needed right away. If someone contacts you who acts as a relative but you are unsure of the situation, contact the relative separately or a family member you trust to confirm it. In some cases, families use passwords to verify the identity and validity of a call.
It is important to remember that law enforcement and other legal entities will never make urgent requests for money over the phone, and you should never hand over personal information to someone you have only spoken to on the phone.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of fraud or scam, it is imperative to report it to help you recover any losses and it helps protect society. Write down and maintain all information about the scam, such as receipts, emails and other communications.
Police say that even if you did not suffer any loss, but you think there was an attempt to cheat you or someone you know, it reports that it is the best way to keep you and society safer.
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