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Friday , 20 May 2022

Alberta RCMP warn of scam targeting grandparents

The Alberta RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Branch are warning the public of a fraudulent scam that is circulating throughout Alberta and Canada. These are referred to as “Grandparent” or “Grandchild” scams.

These scams often involve a phone call being placed to the victim claiming their grandchild is in trouble with the courts or law enforcement and payment of cash is needed to help them. The suspects will often pretend to be police or a judge and caution the victims not to tell anyone about the transaction and a courier will be sent to the house to pick up the cash in person or have it sent in the mail.

This month alone, Alberta RCMP has received five complaints of this type of scam with a total loss of over $100,000 to the victims. Not only is there a concern for the amount of money being lost, but a great concern for these couriers showing up in person to collect the cash.

With March being Fraud Prevention Month, the Alberta RCMP wants to remind residents of Alberta to:

  • Never withdraw or send money to anyone you don’t know;
  • If the person is saying a family member is in trouble, confirm with that family member first before taking any action;
  • If the person claims to be police or a judge, call that police service or courthouse directly to confirm that situation – police and courts will never demand cash be picked up in person or mailed; and
  • Never give out personal information over the phone or online to someone you don’t know—the police or courts will not ask for personal information over the phone.

Should you have fallen victim to this or any other scam, please call your local RCMP or police of jurisdiction.

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