Public warned to be on guard for “Grandparent Scam”: Police


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Winnipeg Police is again warning about scams targeting the elderly, more commonly know as the “Grandparent Scam.”

Last October, Winnipeg Police issued an informative and cautionary media release in response to a dramatic increase in these scams where fraudsters contact elderly victims by phone, pretending that the victim’s grandchild or another family member has been arrested, and immediate bail money is required for their release. They arrange with the victim to have the funds collected in exchange for their loved ones’ release.

This scam has continued to flourish. Recently, couriers or rideshare drivers have gone directly to the victim’s residence to collect these requested funds, police said.

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