Criminals targeting elderly In latest scam

Prince George RCMP are warning the general public of a scam that has recently targeted two local senior citizens.

  • Nov. 23, 2011 3:00 p.m.

Prince George RCMP are warning the general public of a scam that has recently targeted two local senior citizens.

In both cases the caller identified themselves as a grandson that was arrested in Montreal and needed bail money.  The phone is handed off to another person who poises as a lawyer who states that the grandson would be released, but bail is required because he is from out of province.  The phony lawyer then provides details of how and where to wire the money to.  Both victims wired cash, only to find out later that their loved ones were never arrested and never in Montreal.

To report a fraud or for more information on other fraudulent scams, go to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca (www.centreantifraude.ca).  The above scam is currently the “Scam of the week”.