OPP Warn Public To Be Aware Of A Grandparent Scam

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Police say the victim received a call from a man claiming to be a lawyer. He told them they needed to send money fast or their son was going to jail after being involved in a car crash.

LANGTON - OPP are once again reminding the public to be cautious after a resident in Langton was scammed out of $6,500. 

Police say the victim received a call from a man claiming to be a lawyer. He told them they needed to send money fast or their son was going to jail after being involved in a car crash. 

This is commonly known as the Grandparent or Emergency Scam. Unfortunately in this case the victim wired the money before they realized it was a scam. After the money was deposited the scammer called back asking for more cash. At this time the victim became suspicious, contacted their son and realized it was a fraud. 

The OPP are reminding all Norfolk County residents to be extremely vigilant and to be alert for unsolicited calls, emails, faxes or visitors that arrive at your residence.

If anyone should receive a call in this manner, please contact your immediate family and inquire if anyone is in need of assistance. Please do not forward any funds without speaking to family members first.

Modern, tech savvy, scammers have personal information about before they ever try to contact you. It is imperative to verify any unsolicited contact before you respond and provide information. Keep your guard up when you receive a surprise call from anyone soliciting funds and indicating that a loved one is in jail or have been involved in a serious incident.

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