A quick-thinking Canadian grandmother Two would-be fraudsters tried to prey on her for thousands this week.
Windsor, OntarioAfter Bonnie Bednarik (74) set up a trap, the police took them into custody. They were both arrested. scammers In an attempt to steal nearly $9,300 “grandparents scam” These scammers were targeted at elderly people. Bednarik called 911 to report that police had set up a surveillance system outside her home. They caught the scammers and the rest of the money from previous schemes.
Bednarik, who was at a police press conference on Thursday, recalled the conversation that she had with the con artist, who called her pretending to her grandson on Wednesday. “I said, ‘Who is this?'” She recalled this via the CBC. “And he said, ‘Come on. It’s your grandson.'”
“He said he was in jail,” Elle continued. “He said he got into an accident with his friend, Dave. It was Dave’s car. He found pills in the glove compartment. He was arrested, and he was in jail, and he needed the bond money. … And he had a few tears, and he told me he loved me.”
According to the scammer, he wanted $9,300 Canadian or $6,800 U.S. for bail money. She received the call three times in a row. Bednarik sprang into action. Bednarik jumped into action, calling the fraudster by a different name. He said that he would call her back within 15 minutes. Instead of calling her bank, she called police.
“And then I bought another hour because I told him my husband wasn’t home, and I needed the car to go get the money,” “She said. The police were then called in. “static surveillance” Around her house. Police intercepted the scammers and took them into custody when they arrived at Bednarik’s home to steal the money. The police also found two additional packages that contained money stolen from other scams. press release stated.
“I was so happy to hear that they caught them,” Bednarik spoke.
Two counts each of fraud more than $5,000 have been filed against the suspects.
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So-called “grandparent scams” Targeting elderly people has become a common practice in Canada and the U.S. in recent years. “Grandparents often have a hard time saying no to their grandchildren, which is something scam artists know all too well,” A public service announcement by the FCC states. “Scammers who gain access to consumers’ personal information – by mining social media or purchasing data from cyber thieves – are creating storylines to prey on the fears of grandparents. The scammers then call and impersonate a grandchild in a crisis situation, asking for immediate financial assistance. The callers may ‘spoof’ the caller ID that appears on the recipient’s phone to make an incoming call look like it’s coming from a trusted source.”
Bednarik, as well as local police officers, urged other victims to contact police if they feel they have been scammed. “I want people to call us so that way, we know what’s going on, and then obviously we can take whatever course of action we’re going to take,” According to Sgt. Rob Durling, Windsor Police Service’s Financial Crimes Unit.
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