Nanaimo Senior Citizen Loses Money in ‘Grandson Scheme’
Photograph by Marilia Castelli
The RCMP is offering some advice to senior citizens after an 80-year old Nanaimo woman fell prey to what’s known as the Grandson Scheme.
This scam involves someone calling and portraying themselves as a grandchild.
They claim to be in jail and need bail money.
Usually, there are accomplices that also talk to seniors while pretending to be a police officer and a lawyer.
It’s an elaborate scheme, usually taking place over a few days.
This has happened in Nanaimo and an elderly woman was tricked into giving the scammer $14,000.
RCMP remind seniors to verify callers’ identity with personal questions, and never act immediately to send money.