A Nanticoke resident fell victim to an “emergency” scam, Friday.
The victim was contacted by someone claiming to be a lawyer who said their grandson had been involved in a collision and had been charged with impaired driving. The victim was told $3,000 was required in order to pay liability fees and to avoid their grandson being held in custody over the weekend. The victim complied with credit card information.
However, when the victim contacted another member of the family to check on the condition of their grandson, they realized they had been scammed.
When scammers use an “emergency” tactic, they play on the victim’s emotions by generating a sense of fear, says the Haldimand OPP. It is imperative to verify any unsolicited contact before you respond and provide any information.
If you receive a surprise call from anyone soliciting funds and indicating that a loved one is in jail or has been involved in a serious incident, contact your immediate family and inquire if anyone is in need of assistance. Do not forward any funds without speaking to family members first.
The OPP encourages anyone with elderly family members to have discussions with them about the different types of frauds and tactics and the preventative practices they can use every day.
March is fraud prevention month and the OPP encourages the public to stay educated and informed to reduce the risk of being a victim of fraud.
Knowledge is power.
The Little Black Book of Scams, can be found online at
If you are the recipient of a fraudulent call, text or email, or if you’ve been a victim of a fraud, you are encouraged to report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by calling 1-888-495-8501 or visit http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.