Police are advising citizens to be cautious of a scam targeting seniors that is continuing to occur throughout our region.
Investigators from the Financial Crime Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have received more than 44 reports over the last few months in relation to a scam intended to defraud seniors of their money. In total, it is believed that the scammers have defrauded victims of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In each incident, the victim received a call from someone pretending to be a family member who indicated that they had been arrested and are in jail. Another person representing themselves to be from the legal system became involved in the call and informed the victim that they need to pay money to have their loved one released from custody.
In some of the cases, the suspect then arranged to pick up the money in person. The suspect is described as a Black man in his 20s to 30s, approximately 6’ tall with short dark hair and glasses.
In two instances, the suspect(s) have identified themselves as a police officer. We are advising citizens that police will never make this type of call. If you receive a call from someone representing themselves as a police officer and they request money for bail, this is a scam. Do not provide or confirm any personal or financial information and hang up the phone.
Police remind people to be suspicious of any emails or calls asking for money and to make sure the caller is legitimate before providing any money. You should not give personal information to anyone, whether solicitation occurs by email, telephone or in person, unless you have initiated the contact or you are certain of the identity of the individual and/or the legitimacy of the organization they claim to represent.
Call police at 902-490-5016 if you've lost money or your identity has been compromised as the result of a scam. You can report a scam where you haven’t been a victim to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, or call 1-888-495-8501.
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