The male advised they were in a car accident in Montreal, were in custody and needed a large amount of money for bail. The resident confirmed it was not a family member and notified police.
Police warn this type of scam is referred to as “Grandparent Scam”, and is described by Phonebusters as:
a grandparent receives a phone call from con-artist claiming to be one of his or her grandchildren. The caller goes on to say that they are in some kind of trouble, usually a car accident, returning from a foreign country, or even bail money and need money immediately.
Victims don’t verify the story until after the money has been sent as the caller specifically asks that they do not want other relatives to know what has happened by asking “Can you please help me? I’m in jail (or in the hospital / or in some type of financial need). But don’t tell Dad. He would kill me if he found out, please send the money ASAP. I’m scared”.
Wanting to help their grandchild, the victim sends money by a money transfer company such as Money Gram or Western Union. Variations on the scam exist such as an old neighbor, a friend of the family etc. but predominantly the emergency scam is directed toward the Grandparents.
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