West Grey Police say a local woman was defrauded of $6,000 in a phone scam where she was told her daughter hit a child with a car.
Police say they were contacted by the victim on Wednesday (27th).
The woman told police she received a telephone call that day from someone she thought was her daughter claiming she had been in a car accident and needed the money for bail.
Police say a man who identified himself as Raymond Porter (Police say this is likely a fake name) then took over the phone and claimed to be her daughter’s lawyer.
The man frightened the mother by telling her a child had died as a result of the accident and convinced her to send the bail money to a bank account.
After sending the money, the woman began to feel something wasn't right and decided to try and contact her daughter.
Police say that's when she realized she had fallen victim to a scam.
West Grey Police say Grandparent scams, (also called grandchild scams) are common scams that target seniors.
They usually involve a phone call from someone who pretends to be your grandchild.
Police say if you get a call like this, be prepared: the scammer may already know your grandchild's name and what your grandchild calls you, (for example, a nickname like Nona or Grampy).
Acting as your grandchild, the scammer claims to be in trouble and asks for your help. The scammer may try to convince you that your grandchild was in a car accident or has been arrested. You may be asked to wire money right away, without telling anyone.
Here's What Police say to do:
Don't wire the money or give the caller any further information. Hang up and call your grandchild, or another family member, to find out what's really going on.
Then report the scam to:
* Your local police, and
* Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
* Toll-free at 1 888 495-8501
* Email firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>
* Website: Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre