Cana­dian women ar­rested in U.S. scam

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

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.

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