Family scammed out of $6,000

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A local family was panicked into sending $6,000 to a con artist claiming to be a lawyer.

Last week, a local grandparent received a phone call from a man who said he was a lawyer. The caller told the grandparent that their grandson was in jail following a motor-vehicle accident.

The fake lawyer said the grandson needed $5,000 to make bail. The victim went to a bank, withdrew the cash and wired the money to the scammer.

While this was going on, another family member sent along another $1,000. The matter was brought to the attention of the Norfolk OPP around 3 p.m. last Friday.

“Modern, tech-savvy scammers have personal information before they ever try to contact you,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.

“It is imperative to verify any unsolicited contact before you respond and provide information. Keep your guard up when you receive a surprise phone call from anyone soliciting funds and indicating that a loved one is in jail or involved in a serious incident.

“You work hard for your money so work hard to protect it. Do not hand it over to a smooth-talking con artist. Fraud is a multi-billion dollar per year business that will only stop when the con artists stop making money.”

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