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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.

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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 dvandenenden@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

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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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