Dossier nº 2011-5127
2011-09-21 15:41 PDT

On the 21st of September 2011, Sidney North Saanich RCMP were notified of a potential scam that had been stopped by a local money transfer agency. An elderly resident attended the agency to wire money to a person in Quebec, allegedly to assist a grandchild that was in jail. Due to the large amount of money and the familiarity with this type of scam, the money transfer agency explained the scam to the person, the transaction was stopped and the police were notified.

Fortunately, in this case, no money was lost, but many people do fall victim to this common scam.

The caller usually identifies themselves as the elderly persons grandson and asks that they send money to an address in another province, to assist with some type of emergency, such as bail for getting out of jail.

Please do not send money to anyone that sounds suspicious over the phone. If it does sound suspicious, then it is likely that it is a scam. If you are unsure about the identity of a caller, ask them questions that only your grandchild would know, or get a number to call them back and seek assistance from other relatives.

If you have a suspicious phone call, email, or solicitor, please do not hesitate to report the incident to the Sidney RCMP. You can also report the incident or find more information on this type of scam and many others at http://External link, opens in a new . This website is in partnership with the RCMP to help identify and stop various scams.

Sidney North Saanich RCMP works closely with their community partners, such as this money transfer agency, to protect the hard earned money of our seniors.

Cpl. C.H. Swain
Sidney North Saanich RCMP

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