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Grandparent scam back

The familiar “grandparent scam” has once again surfaced in the city, and police are warning people not to get taken in.
The scam usually involves a senior receiving a phone call from an individual claiming to be a relative in some sort of trouble and in need of money right away. The caller asks the senior to keep things quiet to avoid alarming anyone else, and tries to convince the person to send money via wire transfer.
Police recently received a call regarding this scam from a resident living in a seniors residence.
Police say not to wire money, but to verify the caller’s story by calling family members or friends.
People are also reminded not to give out personal information over the phone.
Anyone who has lost money in this type of scam is asked to contact the Guelph Police Service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (1-888-495-8501).

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