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Grandma telephone scammer surfaces in Kelowna

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October 02, 2018 - 3:29 PM

KELOWNA - A local mother is out over $10,000 after being taken in by an old scam.

Police aren’t revealing her name but say in August a Kelowna woman in her early 70s was taken in by the emergency scam or the grandparent scam as it’s sometimes called.

After a series of seven calls by the fraudster, claiming to be her son in legal trouble in a foreign country after a motor vehicle collision, the woman transferred $10,500 to cover legal and other fees.

The caller sounded desperate and in distress, media office Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said in a press release, and convinced the worried mother not to involve other family members.

O’Donaghey said the RCMP recommend asking for help from another family member or friend if this situation arises.

For more information on these and other scams, connect with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.


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