United Church minister warns of scam targeting seniors

I have recently spoken with two Kamsack grandmothers who both, separately, received calls from "a grandson". The “grandson” claims to have been in an car accident and needs money to either get out of jail or repair his car. The grandmother is asked to send $2,500 to $5,000 to get the car released or have the “grandson” bailed out. Oh, and by the way, they must keep it a secret. Fortunately in both cases the grandmothers didn't keep the secret and phoned family members to find out what was going on. They were promptly told it was a scam. But both were anxiously willing to draw out the money and send it to the scammer before they found out it was a scam. They reported this to the RCMP and their bank who informed them that others had been contacted as well. I wonder if it would help to have this information spread more widely so other grandparents can be prevented the anxiety and can keep their money safe?

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