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Police Investigating After Senior Defrauded $33K

The Guelph Police Service is investigating after a senior citizen was tricked into surrendering her bank and credit cards then was defrauded of more than $33,000.

On Friday a woman in her 70s contacted police to report the fraud. Earlier in the month she received a call from someone claiming to represent her bank. The caller advised there had been some unusual activity on her account and they needed to verify some information.

The victim received several text messages containing number codes, which were provided to the caller. The caller then advised as the victim’s debit and credit cards were now compromised they would need to be destroyed, and later that evening an unknown male attended the victim’s residence and took her cards.


Over the next week more than $33,000 was removed from the victim’s bank and credit card accounts.

Residents are reminded to be wary of any telephone call, email or text which requires you to take immediate action. It is always best to independently contact the supposed sender and confirm the legitimacy of the correspondence before taking action. Do not provide personal or banking information to anyone you do not personally know.

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