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North Grenville resident loses thousands in 'grandparents' scam

The fraudster said he was in an "at fault" collision, and now needed money to pay for legal expenses.
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Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a suspected fraud in North Grenville, in which a senior citizen was bilked out of more than $9,000.

OPP officers were advised on August 8, by a resident, that they had been defrauded of a substantial amount of money by someone claiming to be their grandson. 

The fraudster said he was in an "at fault" collision, and now needed money to pay for legal expenses.

The OPP is reminding residents that if you get a call or email from someone claiming to know you and asking for help, check to confirm that it's legitimate before you send any money. Ask some questions that would be hard for an imposter to answer correctly - the name of the person's pet, for example, or the date of their mother's birthday. Contact the person who they claim to be, directly. If you can't reach the person, contact someone else -- a friend or relative of the person. 

Don't send money unless you're sure it's the real person you know.

Residents can file fraud complaints through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or online at www.tipsubmit.com.




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