Phone Scam Costs Grandmother $3,800
Tuesday February 19th, 2013
Posted at 3:54pm
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The OPP is sending out another warning about phone call fraud after an incident in Lakeshore.
Police say that a Lakeshore grandmother received a phone call Thursday stating that her grandson had been arrested in Quebec for impaired driving and needed money to bail him out of jail.
After sending the first request for money, she received a second call stating that he needed more money, in order that damages to property be paid as a result of the impaired driving.
She sent more money, thinking that she was helping her “grandson” who was in need. She never did actually speak to her “grandson” but rather a “lawyer” who was representing her supposed grandson.
When she received a third call, she became suspicious and contacted police, who attended her residence on Friday. While police were there, the same person called again, and police spoke with the male who became belligerent and obnoxious.
The grandmother lost a total of $3,800 as a result of this scam.
Police are reminding the public that scams such as these, are rampant everywhere. Police are urging the public to consult with police or a trusted person if asked to send money or disclose personal information either over the phone, computer or through the mail. Be very wary of these types of scams.