The scam is simple. An unsuspecting older adult receives a frantic phone call. The person on the other line says they are their grandchild and they are in trouble and need money. The caller would ask leading questions which they hope will convince the older victim to give personal information.
Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) are warning the public that there has been a recent increase in this kind of grift, called the grandparent scam. Victims often don’t verify the caller’s story.
HRPS are offering the following tips to avoid being a victim of this scam.
If you are in a bank, don’t lie. Tell the employee why you are retrieving the cash. Bank staff are trained to detect a scam.
Remember that scammers will take advantage of a victim’s need to act quickly to help their loved ones.
Never give money to anyone you know and trust. Make sure to verify the identity of the person who is asking for help.
Don’t give out personal details to the caller.
Question the caller. Investigate who they are. Scammers can gather information about their victims using social media. Call someone you both know to verify who is calling.
Ask yourself if the caller’s story makes sense.
Police, lawyers and the court will never ask you to give money to someone at your door.
Residents who think they may have been contacted by a scammer can call Halton Police at 905-825-9777 or 911 if it is an emergency.