Be wary of so-called relatives on the telephone asking for money, Chilliwack RCMP are warning the public.
An elderly woman in Chilliwack got a call Tuesday from her adult “grandson” who said he’d been in a car accident while driving impaired in Montreal and needed money.
“He advised the woman to attend a Western Union office and send him $2,500 for his legal fees,” RCMP Const. Tracy Wolbeck said.
“In an attempt to make the scam more believable, a second man posing as a lawyer came on the line to confirm his fee with the woman, and that he needed the money right away.”
But police were at the woman’s home when a second call came from the scammers to confirm the money had been spent.
“It, of course, had not been,” Wolbeck said.
And the suspect’s reaction to finding a police officer on the line “was not favourable, as can be expected,” she said.
This type of telephone scam is not new, and preys on the natural desire to help a family member in an emergency situation.
“It is very stressful for the person receiving the call, and they are often at a loss for what to do,” Wolbeck said.
Police suggest asking the caller something only a family member would know — the name of a family pet, or details of a family holiday.
“If these questions cannot be answered accurately, disconnect and do not continue to engage the caller,” Wolbeck said.