Peel Regional Police are advising residents to be on the lookout for a new type of “grandparent scam” that’s targeting seniors in the area.
The scam involves a phone call being made to the victim by an individual claiming to be a family member, usually a grandchild. The victim is asked to buy an expensive good as part of a debt that the grandchild owes. The victim is then asked to send the good overseas through a courier service.
The “grandchild” impresses upon the victim that they do not want any other family members to know.
Police are advising residents that if they receive a phone call similar to this, they should verify the details of the request through another family member.
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