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OPP News - Seniors Beware
A 78 year-old resident of Greater Napanee is the latest victim of a fraudulent scam. The woman received a phone call from a male saying her Grandson was in jail in Quebec and needed $1800 for bail.
The woman was told to send the money via Western Union to 774 Main St Dorval QC. The woman complied and sent the money.
When the elderly woman stopped to see her daughter she was told that her grandson was fine. Police were contacted and advised of the scam.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (Phonebusters) is a national call centre where victims can report fraud complaints. The information is used to assist in investigations. Please visit their website www.antifraudcentre.ca and learn about the most current scams and how they deceive people. Talk to your elderly parents, grandparents, and family. REMEMBER seniors are targeted by telemarketers like this as they know that seniors will not want to admit to family members that they “fell” for this scam. It is embarrassing and humiliating. Many victims have lost their life savings.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (Phone busters) has information available on this particular scam as well as many others. The CAFC was established in January 1993 and is jointly operated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Competition Bureau Canada.
If you have been the victim of a scam please report it to your local police agency and call the CAFC toll-free at 1.888.495.8501