Grandparent Scam On The Rise
OPP say there have been three elaborate and organized fraud occurrences that have occurred in the past week though out the province where elderly women have been called by a man claiming to be an officer and that their grandson had been arrested.
In one instance, an 84 year old woman was contacted by a male claiming to be 'Corporal MATHESON'. He told her that grandson had been arrested after a minor vehicle collision with his friend where drugs were located in the vehicle. In order for him to be released she had to provide $10,000.00 in cash. The woman spoke to her grandson who told her he was sick and was on his way for a COVID test when the accident occurred explaining why he was stuffed up. The woman provided the money which was picked up by a courier. The 'officer' called back the following day and informed her the charges were dropped but she would have to pay $12,000 for his fine. She did as instructed and a courier picked up the money.
Other variations of the scam include leaving a sum of money under the door mat for the courier.
- OPP say they will never demand money to have someone arrested released from custody or payment of fine and they will never involve a courier to transport payment.