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OPP News - Family Member "Arrested" Phone Scam
Officers from the Lanark County Detachment, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with officers from other Detachment areas, are investigating a number of incidents of fraudulent phone requests for “bail money”.
The caller identifies themselves as a relative, often a grandchild, stating that they have been arrested and need bail money forwarded to a named third party. The caller often says they have been involved in a collision in order to increase the pressure on the victim.
The bail money requested has been between $1200 and $1800.
The public are advised to be on their guard against any similar calls.
Anyone having any knowledge of these crimes are requested to contact the Lanark County Detachment via the toll free number 1 888 310 1122 or the confidential line for Lanark County Crime Stoppers 1 800 222 8477.