Chatham-Kent police are warning residents about the ‘grandparent scam’ after a local woman was defrauded of $9,000 last week.
Police said it was learned through investigation the woman received a telephone call from a person claiming to be a police officer, who stated her grandson had been arrested and needed money for bail.
The woman sent money before confirming the story with family members after the fraudster told her not to speak to anyone since it was an “ongoing investigation.”
Police said the key to protecting yourself from a fraud or scam is to recognize it.
“Remember that scammers use intimidation tactics and want to pressure you into providing information and making a decision quickly,” police said.
“If you get a suspicious call, don’t panic,” police added. “Take the time to do your research before taking any action.”
More information is available at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm