OPP issue warning to seniors

The Wellington OPP has issued a warning to seniors.

In a statement released Thursday, police said they had responded to two separate “grandparent scams”.

In the first case, a 79-year-old Belwood resident was defrauded of $9,000. In the second case, an 81-year-old from Bellwood was also taken away for $9,000. Both cases were reported to police on October 10.

In each case, the victims told police they were persuaded to withdraw cash from the bank and give it to someone in their home. One victim said the suspect who came to withdraw the money was a woman, while another said the person who came to withdraw the money was a man.

The OPP in Wellington has warned seniors that “grandparent scams” target them, convincing them that grandchildren are injured or arrested and must pay bail or medical bills. Police say you should always exercise caution when receiving a call or email asking for money and you should check with your family about any claims.

For any information regarding this incident, please contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous; you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip online at www.csgw.tips. You may be eligible for up to $2,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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