February 13, 2022 In police, Regina

Regina police warn of phone scam aimed at seniors

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Regina Police Service said two cases of the “grandparent” scam were reported last week, including one involving the loss of nearly $8,000.

Aemilius Cupero News: Regina Police Service said in a news release that two cases of the “grandparent” scam were reported last week, including one involving the loss of nearly $8,000.
Regina Police Service said in a news release that two cases of the “grandparent” scam were reported last week, including one involving the loss of nearly $8,000. Photo by Highwaystarz-Photography /Getty Images/iStockphoto

A telephone scam with the aim of taking money from seniors has recently resurfaced in Regina, with one victim losing thousands of dollars.

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Regina Police Service said in a news release that two cases of the “grandparent” scam were reported last week, including one involving the loss of nearly $8,000.

Police said the scam typically involves a phone call to an elderly person with the caller claiming to be a grandchild of the victim, and addressing them as grandpa or grandma. The victim often then unwittingly gives the caller information by addressing them by the grandchild’s name.

The caller then uses information to build credibility, police said in the release, giving the victim an urgent story of a crisis needing the immediate transfer of money.

Regina Police said in the recent cases the money was requested to be sent by a courier, but in the past scammers have also used a money transfer service.

Police had the following advice for anyone receiving one of these calls:

• Take the time to ask some questions. Remember that you can control of the pace of the conversation.

• Take notes and ask for the caller’s phone number, then hang up so that you can make some inquiries of your own. If there is a real crisis, you will be able to get the facts from a trusted source and offer help.

Anyone who has been victim of such a crime should report it to police at 306-777-6500.

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