Canadian women arrested in U.S. scam
ALBANY, N.Y. — Four Canadian women have been arrested and charged in the United States amid allegations they were part of an organized criminal operation that targeted the elderly using a well-known ruse dubbed the grandparent scam, New York state police say. According to police, the scammers out of Laval, Que., would contact a senior by phone or email and identify themselves as the person’s grandchild. “He indicates that he has been arrested in another state and needs money quickly to pay for bail,” police said. “He advises that the grandparent cannot tell his parents because he doesn’t want to upset them.” A second person then gets on the phone and identifies himself as a police officer, who advises the mark where and how to send the bail cash. The officer also warns the grandparent against talking or giving information to any another agency that might contact them.