Halton police warn residents of Burlington, Oakville, Milton about increasing telephone fraud calls

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Published December 13, 2021 at 1:48 pm

Halton regional police are warning residents of Burlington, Milton, Oakville and Halton Hills about an increase in a telephone fraud.

Dubbed the ‘Grandson/Granddaughter Scam’, it begins with a simple phone call asking for money because of an accident or arrest. Once money is sent, the phone calls will continue, asking for more and more money for a variety of reasons.

This scam has many variations, including posing as friends or coworkers, but the all involve someone you know who urgently needs money.

To protect yourself, ask the callers personal questions only your grandchild or family member would know, such as their date of birth or full names.

Ask the caller for a number you can call them back at. This gives you time to verifty the information with other family members. Be suspicious if the caller refuses.

Reach out to someone to ask for advice before sending any money to anyone. Always protect your money first.

If you have been the victim of fraud, call Halton police at 905-825-4777 or the fraud intake office at 905-465-8741.

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