Essex County OPP warn of ‘grandparent’ scam

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Police are warning of a phone scam targeting grandparents following a fraud investigation in Tecumseh this week.

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Ontario Provincial Police on Tuesday learned that a resident had received a phone call from a male who identified himself as a lawyer. The male said he was representing the resident’s grandson, who was just arrested for impaired driving.

The male caller provided a case file and confirmation number to make the call sound more legitimate, police said.

To make bail, the grandson would need $9,300 in cash that day, the caller said.

A small black SUV pulled into the victim’s driveway and a male driver collected the money from the victim. The driver is described as white, in his early 20s, approximately five feet eight inches tall, with black hair tied in a ponytail.

“Modern, tech-savvy, scammers will gather personal information from social media before they ever try to contact you,” police said in a news release. “It is imperative to verify any unsolicited contact before you respond and provide information.

“Keep your guard up when you receive a surprise call from anyone soliciting funds and indicating that a loved one is in jail or have been involved in a serious incident.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or

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