|Seniors lose thousands of dollars each year through similar calls in what police refer to as a “grandparent scam.” Quebec has long been notorious for telemarketing scams. Reports suggest that there are several gangs operating out of Montreal, targeting seniors across North America. |
The caller says he is the person’s grandchild, that he’s caught up in some sort of trouble, and that money is needed immediately. Often the caller will know some personal details that make the victim believe him.
|In 2015, a man convinced an elderly woman living at a seniors complex in Calgary to hand over $2,500.|
He told her he was a friend of her grandson's who had been in an accident, was in police custody and needed the money. Across Canada in 2015, 250 seniors reported being caught up in similar scams, representing $1.7 million in losses.