Upper Ottawa Valley OPP Alert

OPP warn of emergency/grandparents scam surfacing in area again

The Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to warn the public that the emergency/grandparent scam has surfaced in the area again. On April 27, 2017 police received a fraud complaint after a local resident sent over $7000 to Gambia in West Africa after receiving an emergency email from someone posing as a friend requesting financial help.

In these cases, the victim typically receives a frantic phone call or an emergency email from someone claiming to be a grandchild, friend or loved one. The scammer will explain they are involved in some sort of legal trouble, have been injured or are having trouble returning from a foreign country and need money right away.

With the emergency/grandparent scam the scammer attempts to create a sense of urgency which may cause the victim to not verify the story. The scammer will often insist that the victim should not tell anyone and to transfer the money that has been requested through a money transfer company. Also, many scammers want to trick you into providing your banking and personal information. In fact, the criminals will fraudulently use your personal information to steal your money.

If a scam artist contacts you or if you have been defrauded contact your local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC).   You can file a report with the CAFC by calling 1-888-495-8501 (Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm EST) or by using their online reporting tool at www.antifraudcentre.ca