Springwater Woman lost $8,000 to “Emergency Scam”

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A fraud complaint was made on 7th of December to Huronia West OPP which involved a family member reaching out for help. According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, this fraud is considered to be an ‘Emergency Fraud’. This type of fraud is not new and similar scams have been reported several times over the last few years throughout our region.

Emergency scams prey on your fear of a loved one being in hurt or in trouble. Scammers claim to be someone you know and tell you they need money immediately.

Some common scenarios include:

  • needing bail money because they have been arrested
  • being in a car accident
  • trouble returning from a foreign country

Scammers often claim to be any member of the family (aunt, uncle, husband, wife) or friend.

As elders are more vulnerable to this scam, the scammer pretends to be their grandchild and begs the grandparent not to tell their parents that they’re in trouble. According to Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, the grandparent doesn’t find out until they’ve sent the money that their grandchild was not the person who asked for help.”

On the 7th of December, a Springwater resident reported getting a phone call from a young man that posed as her grandson. Muskoka 411 reported that “her ‘grandson’ advised her that he had been involved in a collision with a pregnant lady, and needed to pay $8000 to a ‘bondsman’ to be able to settle the issue. In an attempt to help her grandson, Grandma withdrew the money, returned home, and then turned it over to a man who presented at her door as the ‘bondsman’.”

Once the grandparent spoke to her grandson, she realized that she had been a victim of a scam.

Police want to remind everyone to be vigilant, especially during the holidays. Scammers can learn personal information about you via social media.

If you receive a call for help, confirm this need by making call back inquiries. If you are still concerned with the call, contact police. If contacted by anyone claiming to be a charity, a government agency or a local company looking for information, be sure to verify they are legitimate before giving out any personal information.

Police encourage victims of this type of scam or similar crimes to report the incident.

More information on internet safety can be found online by visiting:

• opp.ca

• cybertip.ca

• getcybersafe.gc.ca

This article was originally sourced by www.muskoka411.com.