Police issue warning after two Belwood residents bilked of $9,000

'Grandparent scam' targets older residents with fake claims of a grandchild in trouble

BELWOOD – Local police are again warning residents about the “grandparent scam” after two Belwood seniors were each defrauded of $9,000.

Wellington County OPP officials say a 79-year-old and 81-year-old were scammed on Oct. 10 in the village.

“In both cases the victim was persuaded to withdrawal cash from the bank and then … turn it over to a person who attended their residence,” police stated in a press release.

One suspect was female and the other male, police added.

The “grandparent scam” targets seniors and attempts to convince them that their grandchild is either hurt or has been arrested, and that a bail or medical fee must be paid.

Police say residents should “always be cautious” of phone calls, emails and texts from people canvassing for money and they should “check with family members and attempt to validate the claims being made by the scammer.”

Anyone with any information about these incidents can contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip online at www.csgw.tips. Tip providers may be eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers of up to $2,000.