Phone scams in the Digby area

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People in the Digby area have been reporting continued telephone scam attempts.

RCMP Staff Sergeant Rocky Calhoun said his detachment has received several calls recently from residents reporting that people called them asking for money.

The callers claim that a grandchild or other loved one is in some kind of trouble, jail for example, and needs bailing out with money; or the loved one needs money for a plane ticket or because of a motor vehicle collision.

In all instances the targets of these scam attempts have realized what was happening and hung up on the callers.

“I think they target communities where they know there are seniors and they can be very persistent,” said Calhoun.

Calhoun says people should be suspicious of urgent requests for money that involve emotional appeals, specifically when they involve family members in emergency situations.

Calhoun suggests people receiving such calls should confirm the whereabouts of their loved one by contacting other relatives.

He says additional warning signs of possible fraudulent telephone and online scams may often include aggressive and threatening telemarketers, insistence of immediate action or urgent requests for money, calls thanking you for a pledge or donation you don’t remember making and requests for money to be sent in order to claim a prize.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

Geographic location: Digby

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  • amy
    August 23, 2014 - 08:22

    Thanks for the info. I read about this scam, some called it the grandparent scam, from www.callercenter.com and it's terrible how these scammers target the seniors and take advantage of their love and concern for their grandchildren. I think the authorities should impose a heavier penalty against phone scammers because the way I see it, the current punishment for phone scams doesn't scare them at all.