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2 Seniors Scammed Out of Thousands of Dollars

The Guelph Police Service is reminding residents to be very cautious when dealing with unknown individuals after two seniors were scammed out of thousands of dollars in separate incidents Tuesday.

In both cases, residents in their 80s reported they received phone calls from someone they believed was their grandson who claimed they had been involved in collisions and injured their noses, which is why they sounded different. Both victims reported the phone was then passed to another person – one claiming to be a lawyer, the other a police officer – who explained their “grandson” needed to come up with cash to secure their release from jail.

In both cases arrangements were made for someone to attend the victim’s residence to collect the cash. One victim handed over $8,000 and the other $6,000.

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One described the person who collected the cash as a black male in his early 20s, 5’6” to 5’10” with a slim build. The other reported he handed the cash to a black male and female with dreadlocks who arrived in an older-model grey sedan — possibly a Toyota — with tinted windows. At this time it is unknown if the incidents are related.

The Guelph Police Service reminds residents to be cautious when dealing with people on the telephone, even if you believe you know who you are talking to.

  • Never send or give money to people you are not sure you know
  • Take the time to verify the story
  • If the story involves a loved one, try to contact that person on your own or ask questions only they would be able to answer
  • Never volunteer personal information to callers
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