Vancouver police have issued a warning to the public about a new fraud involving the elderly.
Deceitful people tell the authorities that a loved one has been arrested.
He later claims thousands of dollars’ worth of legal fees.
“It is not uncommon for thugs to find the elderly by sending them letters, phone calls, or the Internet,” said Const. Tania Visintin said in a VPD article. “On the contrary, the terrorists are now coming to the victims’ homes to extort money. It is a shame, and we are concerned about public safety.
The first incident took place on January 12 when a West Side family in their 70s was tortured. She paid $ 8,000 after she was breastfed believing her nephew had a car accident.
Later that day, a 75-year-old man living in Kitsilano was told that his grandson had been involved in a car accident and demanded $ 9,000 in bail. Once again, the victim gave money to a person who came to the door.
Visintin said: “We are reaching out to other police agencies to determine the extent of the fraud.” Until we know more, we encourage everyone to beware of strangers asking for money.
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