West Lincoln woman duped in $10,000 grandson scam


Published November 3, 2022 at 6:58 pm

An elderly woman in West Lincoln was duped out of $10,000 after believing the money would spring her grandson out of jail.

Niagara Regional Police Service officers assigned to 8 District responded to a residential address in the Township of West Lincoln regarding a fraud investigation November 2, just before seven p.m.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim, who told them she had received a telephone call earlier in the day from a person who identified himself as ‘Blair Walker,’ a police officer with the RCMP in St. Catharines. After explaining that her grandson had been involved in an accident and was now in police custody on drug related offences, a request for $10,000 in cash was made in order to “facilitate his release.”

Believing her grandson was in trouble, the complainant went to her bank and withdrew the funds as directed. Shortly after, a female suspect arrived at the victim’s residence and took possession of the cash. The victim later spoke with family members who confirmed that her grandson was not involved in an accident and was not in police custody.

The woman who collected the funds is described as white, about 25, 5’7” with a thin build and long black hair. She was wearing a short black dress and a short black jacket.

Central Fraud Unit detectives are appealing to members of the public for assistance.  Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to contact the lead detective at (905) 688-4111, option 3, extension 1029487.

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