The “Grandparent/Emergency” scam has reared its head in the region.
The Killaloe detachment of the OPP says a resident in their district was contacted by a scammer saying their grandson was in jail. The individual lost over $40,000 as a result.
Police are taking the opportunity to remind the public to watch for the warning signs of a grandparent scam, where a scammer poses as a family member in trouble to get money from an elderly victim. They say the best way to not fall for this scam is to check with another family member or trusted friend to see if the relative is in trouble.
The major warning signs of this scam include creating a sense of urgency and generating a sense of fear, causing the victim to not verify the story. Scammers will often tell the victim to not tell anyone about the situation as well.
Police also urge people to be careful what they post online, as scammers can use those details to pose as individuals.