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'This is your grandson's lawyer speaking'

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A Norfolk County resident is the victim of a new twist to what is commonly referred to as the grandparents scam.

Fraudsters have been calling elderly people and impersonating a grandson in trouble, either in hospital or under arrest, and asking for emergency money to be sent to them.

This time, however, the scam involved an older voice saying they were a lawyer representing the grandson — who was said to be in custody in Delhi — and $7,242 was needed to get him released.

The Norfolk resident sent the money, said Norfolk OPP.

Police remind the public not to respond to unsolicited calls, emails, faxes, or to visitors at your front door.

“Modern, tech-savvy scammers have personal information about you before they ever try to contact you,” the OPP said in a media release. “It is imperative to verify any unsolicited contact before you respond and provide information.”

Police ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact them at 1-888-310-8477 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go to www.helpsolvecrime.com.

Incident at ‘The Valley’

 

Norfolk OPP were contacted Monday, February 3 by Valley Heights SS regarding concerns of illicit drugs on school grounds.

Through investigation, one student was identified and it was determined that a small quantity of marihuana-related substance was in fact brought to school.

The student, who cannot be identified as per the Criminal Youth Justice Act, was dealt with through alternative measures as authorized by the Criminal Code of Canada.

 

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