The LaSalle Police Service would like to advise the public that they have received reports of grandparent scams in our community that are similar in nature to incidents that were recently published in the media by the Windsor Police Service Amherstburg detachment. Windsor Police Service – Amherstburg Detachment – Facebook Post
We strongly encourage everyone to educate themselves on the topic of grandparent scams and to have a discussion with your aged family members and friends.
These scams involve a phone call from someone posing as a grandchild who is in distress and they are accompanied on the phone by someone posing as a police officer or lawyer. The scammers typically employ emotional tactics, creating a sense of urgency to convince victims to send money immediately.
**How to Avoid Grandparent Scams:**
The LaSalle Police Service urges the public to exercise caution and follow these preventive measures to avoid falling victim to grandparent scams:
Here is a video from the Ontario Provincial Police Service showing how the scam works.
For more information on grandparent scams, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre: CAFC – Emergency Scams
LaSalle Police urge anyone with information related to these thefts to come forward and assist with the ongoing investigation. If you have any information, please contact the LaSalle Police Service at 519-969–5210. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 519-258-8477 or online at www.catchcrooks.com.