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Mounties warn Nanaimo woman out $14,000 after 'grandson scam' calls

Last Updated Sep 16, 2020 at 11:53 am PDT

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A woman in Nanaimo is out $14,000 following an elaborate nine-day phone scam, according to RCMP

Mounties say the scammers convinced the 80-year-old woman that she was helping get her grandson out of jail

After two separate payments and more than a week of calls, her family contacted the police

NANAIMO (NEWS 1130) —┬áNanaimo Mounties are reminding people to be wary of phone scams after an 80-year-old woman lost $14,000 earlier this month.

The scammers claimed her grandson had been in a car accident in Montreal and needed money for bail. One posed as a police officer, another as the grandson’s lawyer.

They told her $7,500 was needed at first, then called the next day asking for another $6,500.

After the two separate payments and more than a week of calls, her family contacted the police. However, her money has not yet been recovered.

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Mounties call it an example of the notorious “grandson scam.”

“This was a classic situation of scammers tugging at the heartstrings of the victim. They took advantage of an elderly lady and exploited it to their advantage,” said Const. Gary O’Brien.

RCMP is advising everyone to resist the urge to act immediately if someone asks for money over the phone, never send cash, money transfers or gift cards, and try to verify the identity of the caller.

For more on this scam and others, visit the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre.