‘Grandkids’ scam net fraudsters nearly $20,000

Prince Edward OPP. (Gazette File Photo)

After two separate parties in the Napanee area have fallen victim to the same fraudulent hoax to the tune of almost $10,000 each, Prince Edward County OPP are asking local residents to be vigilant of the ‘Grandkids” scam.

The Lennox & Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) warned the public of a recent increase in “grandkid” scams after two people were defrauded almost $10,000 each last week.

With this scam, the victim receives a phone call from someone claiming to be their grandchild or other family member, stating that they have been arrested and need bail money.

In both cases, a male driving a dark-coloured van claiming to be a “bondsman” showed up to collect the money from the victims.

The OPP are warning the public to be aware of these fraudulent phone calls and to report any incidents to police immediately. The OPP is further reminding the public to always be suspicious of phone calls that request money, and to never offer personal information or money over the phone.

The OPP is asking anyone who believes they may be a victim of this scam to contact 1-888-310-1122.

Further information can be obtained from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) online at https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm or by calling toll free at 1-888-495-8501.