Police in Peterborough, Ont. have issued warnings to residents about the second grandparents scam,
according to Peterborough Police Service, As of 1:30 p.m. Monday, the service had received about 20 calls from concerned residents informing them of the so-called grandparenting scam.
Police say that every call was the same.
The potential victim is informed that his grandson is in Peterborough police custody and needs money to bond. The caller says not to contact the police or inform anyone else as the grandson is embarrassed because drugs were found in his vehicle.
scam Then request to send money or request a callback with setup time to take money.
“Peterborough Police, or any other law enforcement officer, will never request money over the phone or take money from a courier,” police said.
Police advise anyone receiving such calls to be on the alert and pay attention to the following:
- do not give any personal information
- Don’t give any money or agree to hand it over
- Remain calm even if the suspect is exerting pressure and indicating that it is an urgent matter
- Take time to fact check with family
- If you are concerned that this is a scam, call the police or someone you trust immediately.
- Report the scam to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm
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