Truro woman falls prey to ‘grandparent scam’

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TRURO – It’s highly unlikely a Truro woman will get her money back after being targeted through the ‘grandparent scam.’

Truro Police Service Insp. Rob Hearn confirmed the scam is still making its way through the area and found a victim last week.

“A woman ended up sending a sum of money to Peru,” Hearn said, only saying it was a “large” sum of money the woman sent. “We checked into it and it did go to Peru.”

Hearn said the ‘emergency’ scam targets grandparents and plays upon emotions to scam money.

“Sometimes they deal with people that are emotional and they just want to help their loved one, but when something like this comes along, people really should look into it first,” he said.

The scam sees a caller claim they are the grandparents’ grandchild and that they are in some sort of trouble and need money immediately. Sometimes a second person comes on the line pretending to be a police officer or lawyer. The caller often says they don’t want other family members to find out what happened.

“It’s identical to that,” Hearn said about the call placed last week to the Truro woman. “It completely fit that bill.”

Hearn said the scams are happening enough locally to warrant a reminder from the police to check into things if someone receives a call like this.

“We still want to raise attention to it,” he said.

On the Truro Police Service’s Facebook page, said Hearn, is a link to the Competition Bureau Canada’s ‘The Little Black Book of Scams.’

The document features various types of scams, such as lotteries, pyramid schemes, money transfer requests, emergency scams and more, as well as how to protect yourself from falling victim to such a scam. It also includes information on where to turn if you receive a call or become a victim.

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

Organizations: Truro Police Service, Competition Bureau Canada

Geographic location: Peru

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