Grandparent scam circulating on Manitoulin

Local Post Office Worker Prevents Fraud

LITTLE CURRENTOn Thursday January 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm Manitoulin OPP was advised by an employee of the Little Current Post Office that an elderly woman attended wanting to send a money gram for $3800 to a foreign country. This raised concern by the post office and police were called. Upon investigation it was learned that the senior lady received a call advising that her granddaughter had been arrested and was in jail in the Dominican Republic and the money was needed to release her from jail. Police were able to confirm that her granddaughter was fine attending university in Ontario.

Grandparent scams are circulating in Ontario and the Manitoulin Detachment has received three calls in the past week. The OPP is advising the public to be aware of this scam and that if you receive a call such as this to call police before taking any action to confirm it is a scam.