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Wednesday October 21st, 2015

Posted at 8:30pm

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The OPP warn that the grandson scam is still around.

Police say that recently, an elderly resident of Tecumseh received a phone call from his supposed grandson. He was told that he had been arrested for an impaired driving crash and needed $1,500 in order to get out of jail. When the victim inquired as to why his voice sounded different, he was told that he sustained a broken nose in the crash.

He was told to purchase Petro Canada “Pivot Load Vouchers” in the said amount.

He was called the following day and was asked to scratch off the rear of the cards and provide the PIN numbers.

He never heard from them again.

OPP say that 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 you or someone you know may have been the victim of an ‘emergency’ scam, contact your local police service or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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