Peel Police are advising all residents of an on-going ‘emergency scam.’ Though the scam mainly targets elderly, Polish-speaking victims, all residents should be aware and alert.
There are many variations to this scam and can include:
- Being in a car accident
- Being arrested for drunk driving
- Being trapped in another country and unable to leave
- Being in a hospital
- Being the winner of a lottery and having to pay taxes or fees to have the funds released
- Needing immediate money for a land deal
- Needing immediate money to purchase artwork.
The victim is instructed to provide a sum of cash and/or jewellery by meeting someone in person who is known to the suspect.
Peel Police would like to remind all residents that in the event they receive a similar call similar, they should verify the details of the request through another family member. Any requests for money by an unknown person should be treated suspiciously.
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Anyone with relevant information or questions is asked to contact the Fraud Bureau at 905-453-2121, ext. 3335 or Peel Crime Stoppers.