Alberta households lose $3.5 million to grandparent scam

Alberta households lose $3.5 million to grandparent scam

Alberta police are again warning people about a scam that forces people to collectively lose $3.5 million dollars this year.

Alberta man David Savage

Alberta man David Savage was sitting in his kitchen when he got a call from someone claiming to be his grandson. It wasn’t. It was a scammer, asking for $9,000 cash.

Calgary resident David Savage was almost a victim.

A few months ago, Savage was sitting in his kitchen when he got a call from someone claiming to be his grandson.

He told Savage he was arrested for hitting a pregnant woman while texting and driving.

“I said ‘you’ve got to be kidding me! What happened?” Savage told CTV News.

“It terrified me that he could possibly be in this situation.”

Savage’s “grandson” proceeded to ask him for $9,000 in cash and told him someone could come by the house to pick it up shortly.

“I mean it smelled pretty sour. That’s just not the way things work to my knowledge anyways,” he said.

Savage hung up and called his daughter to see what she knew.

“My daughter said she thought it was a scam so, I got off the phone and I had Jackson’s cell phone number so I phoned him,” he said.

It turned out to be a scam that targets elderly.

TIPS FOR SENIORS

Police warn elderly to hang up and not provide sensitive information or send money to them.

Seniors should also call their family members immediately, especially the one in question to confirm the situation.

“If they are contacted by a scammer, they shouldn’t feel embarrassed, they shouldn’t keep it secret and they should ask for help,” Milne said.

“These types of frauds are frequently underreported. So, even if the amount seems insignificant or you caught on to a scam before any money was lost, please let us know.”

Police also remind people that bail is always paid in-person at a courthouse or correctional centre, and that police and courts will never demand cash be picked up in-person or mailed.

As for Savage, he was never contacted by the fraudster again, but he knows not everyone is as lucky.

“You cannot be too careful. And I was almost not too careful,” he said.

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