Monday September 01, 2014

Scammers pretending to be grandson target Kamloops

'This a fraud scam. They're attempting to get money from you'

If you get a call from a man claiming to be your grandson — and needing money to get out of jail — it's very likely a scam, Kamloops RCMP say.

A 73-year-old Kamloops woman told police she received a call like that on Friday. The man told her he was in jail for drunk driving and needed $2,500 wired to him to make bail.

Police searched the Internet for the phone number the caller provided, and found that it was the subject of many scam complaints.

When a police investigator called the number and identified himself, the man who answered the phone immediately hung up.

"Anyone receiving a call of this nature, they're cautioned not to send any money by any of the steps that are outlined to them by the hoaxers. This a fraud scam. They're attempting to get money from you," Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said.

He suggested getting in touch with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at

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