Police warn of many more victims as Brampton man charged in grandparent scam

Published May 20, 2023 at 8:39 am

Investigators with the York Regional Police Financial Crimes Unit are urging any additional victims to come forward after a 51-year-old man was charged in connection with a grandparent scam investigation.

The investigation began in March 2023 after four people reported that they were victims of a grandparent scam.

The victims had all received calls requesting money to help a grandchild or relative who was in jail or in legal trouble.

After the victims got the money, the suspect attended their location to pick it up. Through the investigation, officers identified the suspect, and he has been arrested.

Investigators believe there are a number of other victims who have not yet reported the incidents.

York Regional Police is releasing photos of the accused and urging any additional victims and anyone with information to come forward.

Charged: Aaron HEWITT, 51, of Brampton

He wore a medical mask when speaking with victims.

Fraud Over $5,000
Fraud Under $5,000
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
Trafficking in Property Obtained by Crime
Laundering Proceeds of Crime

We want to thank the bank employees who take the time to help protect elderly victims by being aware of these types of scams and asking some questions.

We encourage anyone to contact the police if they suspect a crime has occurred.

To report an incident involving this suspect, please contact Detective Constable Andrew Milliard #1743 of the York Regional Police Financial Crimes Unit at 1-905-830-0303 ext 6612, or by email at [email protected].

If you have been a victim of fraud and have not lost any money, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or by calling 1-888-495-8501.

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