Norfolk fam­ily scammed out of $6,000

Tillsonburg News - - LOCAL -

a lo­cal fam­ily was pan­icked into send­ing $6,000 to a con artist claim­ing to be a lawyer.

in novem­ber, a lo­cal grand­par­ent re­ceived a phone call from a man who said he was a lawyer. The caller told the grand­par­ent that their grand­son was in jail fol­low­ing a mo­tor-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent.

The fake lawyer said the grand­son needed $5,000 to make bail. The vic­tim went to a bank, with­drew the cash and wired the money to the scam­mer.

While this was go­ing on, another fam­ily mem­ber sent along another $1,000. The mat­ter was brought to the at­ten­tion of the norfolk opp around 3 p.m. on nov. 23.

“mod­ern, tech-savvy scam­mers have per­sonal in­for­ma­tion be­fore they ever try to con­tact you,” const. ed sanchuk, spokesper­son for the norfolk opp, said in a news re­lease.

“it is im­per­a­tive to ver­ify any un­so­licited con­tact be­fore you re­spond and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion. Keep your guard up when you re­ceive a sur­prise phone call from any­one so­lic­it­ing funds and in­di­cat­ing that a loved one is in jail or in­volved in a se­ri­ous in­ci­dent.

“you work hard for your money so work hard to pro­tect it. do not hand it over to a smooth-talking con artist. Fraud is a multi-bil­lion dol­lar per year busi­ness that will only stop when the con artists stop mak­ing money.”

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