Elderly Couple Loses $7K in Grandparent Scam
The Guelph Police Service is investigating after an elderly couple was defrauded out of $7,000 through the so-called ‘grandparent scam.’
Approximately 11 a.m. they received a call on their landline from someone they believed was their son-in-law, who said he was in trouble and needed their help. Another male came on the line claiming to be a lawyer and said the supposed son-in-law had injured someone in a collision and needed to pay $7,000 to be released from custody.
Later that afternoon, a male attended their address and was given $7,000 in cash. Other relatives learned what had transpired and contacted police.
The male who attended and collected the cash was described as a black male in his late 20s or early 30s, 5’9” with a thin build. He was wearing a dark winter jacket, white collared shirt, dark dress pants, a black toque and a medical mask.
Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Derek Vanden Enden at 519-824-1212, ext. 7107, email him at email@example.com, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.
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