Rash of grandparent scams prompts warning from Hamilton Police

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Published March 21, 2024 at 12:57 pm

Crime Stoppers fraud

A rash of scams targeting older people has spurred a warning from Hamilton Police.

Investigators explained the victims are often approached by a fraudster posing as a grandchild or other family member. Commonly, the fraudster claims they’ve been arrested and need bail money, though other lies are used.

Often the fraudster warns the victim not to tell other family members claiming they don’t want others to find out. In many cases, a second scammer takes the phone and claims to be a police officer, confirming the other’s story.

They then tell the victim to send cash or hand it off to a courier. Hamilton Police provided several points of advice to avoid the scam;

  • Be suspicious of calls that demand money or immediate action.
  • No law enforcement agency will demand immediate payment of currency.
  • Never offer information to the caller.
  • If the fraudster asks a question like “Do you know who this is?”, simply say no and have them tell you.
  • Contact another family member to confirm the story.
  • Remember to never send money to someone under uncertain conditions.
  • Don’t be afraid to say “No”.
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