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Seniors lose over $25,000 in ‘grandparents scam’ – FortSaskOnline.com

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Police are warning residents about an ongoing scam in the area.

In early March, the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) received four reports of a grandparent scam within two days — the total estimated financial loss was over $25,000.

In all incidents, the scammer contacted the senior either in person or over the phone and told them their grandchild had been arrested or  was in an accident and needed bail money. The scammer posed as a police officer, a lawyer or their grandchild.

The suspect then either took the senior’s credit card number over the phone or went to the senior’s residence to get the money. A description was given of the person that picked up the funds in one of the incidents — a slender, 5’3” woman with dark brown or black hair. She was wearing a head covering when she came to the residence.

Police say scammers usually prey on emotions, and residents should take a moment to evaluate any…

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