Grande Prairie RCMP is looking to identify a man believed to be the suspect in a grandparent scam investigation. According to police on May 8th, they received a report about an elderly woman who had been scammed out of a large sum of money.
Authorities say the victim received a phone call saying her grandson had been arrested and could be seen by a judge, but needed to secure bail beforehand. The person on the other end of the phone said they were an RCMP officer, and the woman is also said to have talked to a second person who she believed was her grandson. Police say when the woman agreed to pay the money, she was told a court trustee would come to pick it up, and a man showed up a short time later to collect.
RCMP say earlier in the day they received a similar complaint, however in that instance, the victim’s family arrived as the unknown male was trying to get the money, and once the family started to ask questions he immediately left.
RCMP say this scam is one they continue to see in the area, and are advising residents to avoid being a victim by recording details like a phone number, date and time, and specifics about the conversation etc. when they think someone is not who they say they are. RCMP also suggests never sending money over e-transfer unless you can identify the person, and also don’t allow someone to come over and collect “bail” or “unpaid fines” as this will never be demanded by police or the courts.
Anyone with information regarding this scam or others, or who knows someone that is the victim of a scam is asked to call RCMP or Crime Stoppers.