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‘Grandparent scam’ lies to Kelowna seniors about loved ones being in custody

RCMP received 12 complaint calls of fraud in one day
A scam targeting seniors is once again hitting the phone lines in Kelowna. (Priscilla Du Preez/Unsplash)

Kelowna RCMP are warning seniors to be wary if they receive a call about their grandchild being in custody.

Police received 12 calls on May 4 complaining about what they call a ‘grandparent scam’, where seniors are told they will have to pay a large sum of money for their grandchild to be released from jail.

“These types of calls far to often target seniors in our community,” said Cst. Mike Della-Paolera. “We encourage anyone who may have been a victim of a call of this nature to contact the police.”

RCMP say that the caller will sometimes even attempt to go to the victim’s home to collect the money, or try to agree at a mutual location.

The non-emergency line can be reached at 250-762-3300.

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Jake Courtepatte

About the Author: Jake Courtepatte

Editor of Kelowna Capital News & West K News since February 2022. I have spent the majority of my career working in the Toronto area as both a sports reporter and a general reporter.
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