Regina police warn of phone scam targeting seniors

The Regina Police Department said two cases of the “grandparents” scam were reported in the past week, including one involving the loss of nearly $8,000.

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A phone scam aimed at extorting money from seniors recently resurfaced in Regina, with one victim losing thousands of dollars.

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The Regina Police Department said in a news release that two cases of the “grandparents” scam were reported last week, including one involving the loss of nearly $8,000.

Police said the scam typically involves a phone call to an elderly person, with the caller pretending to be a grandchild of the victim and addressing them as grandfather or grandmother. The victim often unknowingly gives information to the caller by addressing him by the name of the grandchild.

The caller then uses the information to bolster his credibility, police said in the statement, giving the victim an urgent story of a crisis that required the immediate transfer of money.

Regina police said in recent cases money had to be sent by courier, but in the past scammers have also used a money transfer service.

Police have issued the following advice to anyone receiving one of these calls:

• Take the time to ask a few questions. Remember that you can control the pace of the conversation.

• Take notes and ask for the caller’s phone number, then hang up so you can find out for yourself. If there is a real crisis, you will be able to get the facts from a reliable source and offer help.

Anyone who has been the victim of such a crime should report it to the police at 306-777-6500.

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