Suspects charged in ‘grandparent scam’ crime ring in Durham Region


Three suspects are facing charges for their involvement in a crime ring targeting seniors in the Durham Region.

Durham Regional Police have connected the suspects to seven incidents since November 2021, after investigators examined more than 70 scams where seniors received phone calls from someone pretending to be a lawyer for their grandchild.

The suspects would tell the senior victims their grandchild was involved in a car accident where they injured a pregnant female. They would then ask for $9,000 for bail and arrange for a courier to arrive at the victim’s address to gather the funds.


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Police say the victims would usually get another call sometime later asking for more funds after advising the injured pregnant female and her baby had died.

Police have arrested and charged Toronto resident Daniel Karasira, 20, Newmarket resident Usman Oyeneye, 24, and Toronto resident Jahmal Herbert, 20, with participation in a criminal organization, fraid over $5,000, and possession of proceeds of crime.

Police released photos of Karasira and Oyeneye to “ensure there are no further victims.” Anyone with further information is being asked to contact the police.


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Daniel Karasira (left) and Usman Oyeneye (right) are two of three suspects charged for their involvement in a crime ring targeting seniors.

Police in the GTA have warned these types of scams targeting seniors are becoming more common.

Back in March, Toronto police arrested a 19-year-old woman in connection with a fraud scam targeting two seniors.

Police described the two separate incidents where an 83-year-old man and 78-year-old woman were contacted by a person claiming to be their grandson. The “grandson” would state that he had been arrested and was calling from a police station, and then quickly handover the phone over to a second suspect posing as a police officer.


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