Local senior out $6000 dollars
Hundred Mile House
2021-03-25 07:37 PDT
On Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 100 Mile House RCMP received a report of a fraud involving at least two unknown suspects who had contacted a 96 year old woman in the Vancouver area regarding her grandson, stating that the grandson was in police custody from a motor vehicle collision where a child had been injured.
One suspect had his voice disguised and when the elderly woman said the grandson’s name, the suspect keyed on that and continued to act as the grandson over the phone. The other unknown man was acting as the grandson’s lawyer.
The grandmother ended up contacting the complainant, who lives in 100 Mile House, and she was put in contact with her
son and his lawyer.
Our complainant was told that they needed more bail money now as the child involved in the accident had now passed away from his injuries. The victim ended up sending $6,000 through a banking transfer to a bank account in another province.
These situations are, unfortunately, common in our area. This particular method is to present a significant other, usually a grandchild, as being in trouble with the law or kidnapped. The suspect(s) end up making demands for cash payment either through bank transfers or other security transfers. These are usually routed immediately through multiple bank accounts, mostly international ones, and the money is long gone and in the hands of the suspects. Investigations prove extremely difficult to accomplish with not much success on most occasions.
After the transfer, believing that her grandson had now been released, she contacted her family regarding the accident to discover that he had never been in a car crash and had not been in jail. The suspects continued their attempts to get more money, but quickly stopped once the victim told them she had caught on to their scam.
100 Mile House RCMP suggests that, if confronted with a similar situation or circumstance where you are being asked to give money or other financial or personal information to the person over the phone, hang up and contact another family member, the person who is allegedly in trouble or another family friend that you trust. Do not send money. Then contact Police. RCMP will quickly be able to assist you in determining the wellness of the person involved and/or if they are actually in custody in situations like this one described above.
The victim in this matter wished for this information to be shared in order to educate the public that these events are occurring and to be mindful of such approaches by unknown persons. Anyone seeking more information on these or other world-wide frauds that occur can go to the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre online via search engine,www.seniorsfirstbc.ca or www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca for more information.
Cpl. Madonna SaundersonDistrict Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
4020 5th Avenue, Prince George, BC V2M 7E7
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