Seniors’ scam still making rounds here

the OPP

OPP officers would like to alert the public of a scam targeting seniors.
Back on April 9, a Fort Frances senior received a telephone call from a male claiming to be their nephew.
The caller sounded upset and distressed because he claimed to have been involved in a car accident.
As a result of the accident, the “nephew” claimed he was in police custody facing impaired driving charges and awaiting a bail hearing, and needed $1,500 in order to ensure his release from jail.
The “nephew” then transferred the phone over to a male pretending to be a duty counsel lawyer.
The senior was instructed to send money to Laval, Que. through Western Union, and requested that no one be told of the call because he didn’t want to upset his parents.
The money was sent electronically.
A second call then was received from the “nephew” the same day requesting more funds in order to pay his court fine.
More than $3,800 was forwarded in two transactions before police were alerted and confirmed it was a fraud.
Similar incidents have occurred in the district as recently as July 16.
In addition, incidents involving similar names and circumstance have been reported to the OPP in other areas of the province.
In these instances, the same nephew’s name was used and the same Laval address was given, with the instruction to specifically use Western Union to electronically transfer the funds.
These incidents are examples of “emergency scams.” Scammers are counting on the fact that you will want to act quickly to help your loved ones in an emergency.
Here are some tips to help prevent similar scams:
•never send money to anyone you don’t know and trust;
•verify the person’s identity before you take any steps to help;
•don’t give out any personal information to the caller;
•ask the person questions that only your loved one would be able to answer; and
•call the person’s parents or friends to verify the story.