Lethbridge Police warn of Grandparent scam

Lethbridge Police are warning about a Grandparent scam which is making the rounds. The Grandparent or Emergency scam as it is often called involves fraudsters targeting seniors by calling and pretending to be a family member, usually a grandchild, claiming they are in trouble and need money immediately. The caller may also pretend to be a police officer or lawyer acting on the grandchild’s behalf. Police say the scammers may also seek payment in the form of gift cards, bitcoin or e-transfers. Sergeant Kevin Talbot with the LPS says there are ways you can protect yourself from becoming a victim. Sergeant Talbot says the best thing you can do is simply to just end the call with the scammer.   

Hal Roberts

Hal is a veteran journalist with 30 years in the industry. He worked as a parliamentary reporter on the Hill interviewing federal leaders and cabinet ministers. Hal also covered the Ottawa terrorist attack in 2014, and has worked as an anchor/reporter in Toronto, Peterborough and Calgary. He worked as a reporter and anchor for business shows airing on BNN, Global and CHCH-TV. During his 10 year radio career he hosted a show called Roberts on the Road on KG Country. Hal was blessed to win a few awards in his career including one as senior producer for a TV show on human trafficking which aired on CTS.

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