The Winnipeg Police Service is warning community members about scams targeting seniors.
In a news release, officials say grandparent scams — also known as grandchild scams — are common and usually entail a phone call from an individual pretending to be someone’s grandchild and the scammer may know the grandchild’s name.
Acting as the grandchild, the scammer claims to be in trouble and asks for help. Cops say the scammer may try and convince the grandparent he or she has been in a car accident or has been arrested. A second person may also pretend to be a doctor or lawyer and might ask the grandparent to wire money right away, without telling anyone.
If you receive a call like this, police advise that you don’t send the money or give the caller any further information. Hang up and call your grandchild, or another family member, to find out if there is actually a problem. You should then call the Winnipeg Police Service at 204-986-6222 (non-emergency) or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.