Grandparent scam alert

Kelowna RCMP is warning residents to watch out for the so-called "Grandparent Scam".

Police saved an elderly couple from falling victim to the scam Tuesday. The couple, in their seventies, asked for RCMP to help locate their missing grandson.

The elderly man and woman arrived at the detachment’s front counter with cash in hand, looking to post bail for their grandson’s release from custody.

The couple told police they had received a call from their grandson who explained he had been involved in a bad car accident, suffered a broken nose and had since been arrested for impaired driving. He further claimed to be detained at the courthouse and asked the couple to electronically transfer $1,000 which he needed for his bail money.

“It did not take long for the Kelowna Mountie, assigned to assist the elderly couple, to determine that their grandson was not in police custody and the couple were likely being targeted by a scammer,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. “Following our officer’s recommendations, the couple called and spoke to their real grandson, who thankfully confirmed he had not been involved in any crash. Fortunately, the man and woman did not lose any of their money.”

Victims of the Grandparent Scam or Emergency Scam typically fail to verify the story until after they have transferred the cash to the caller. Often, the fraudster, who seems frightened, will ask the victim not to tell other relatives.

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