Fraudulent Call for Help from Family Members

Grandpa on phone with telemarketer

Grandparents are the primary target for this type of fraud.

The most common variation that's going on right now is where a person, usually an elderly person receives a phone call from somebody claiming to be a grandchild and claiming to be in some kind of distress...

Either:

and they need money right now sent urgently via Western Union.

The problem with this is that the caller really isn't the relative that they claim to be. The money that is sent goes to support the criminal lifestyle.

Often, the information the scammer needs is provided either through a internet website, a family geneology site, a Facebook page or simply by the victim themselves.

Automatically be suspicious of:

Always verify identities with other family members. 


Avoid being a Victim:

Recognize It, Report It, Stop It.

If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 orCanadian Anti-Fraud Centre .

 
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