Police investigate “Grandparent” scam

Your Orangeville Police Service is investigating a report of a fraud that resulted in an Orangeville resident being scammed out of $13,500.

On Monday, May 27, 2019, an Orangeville female was contacted by a male who stated that he was a lawyer representing her son who had been involved in a car accident and is now in jail. The male requested that he be sent $7000 to represent the victim’s son. The victim agreed and followed instructions given by the male. The male continued to contact the victim requesting several additional payments to cover various expenses and bail money imposed by the court. On Tuesday, May 28, the male advised the victim that her son had been released from jail. The victim contacted her son who advised that he was never in jail at which time the female realized that she had been the victim of a fraud. The total loss was $13,500. The incident was then reported to police.

Police are working with the victim’s bank to investigate the incident.

“This type of scam has been around for years. It’s a version of a scam known as “The Grandparent Scam”, advised Constable Scott Davis. “If someone is contacting you making such claims we encourage you to make further inquiries to confirm the information you are receiving. If it sounds questionable then it likely is”.

Police encourage the public to report these types of crime to police if they become victims.

Anyone having information regarding any crime is encouraged to call the Orangeville Police Service at 519-941-2522 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestopperssdm.com

Posted on May 31, 2019