Ottawa Police arrest man in connection to a "Granny Scam"
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Police Service Fraud Section has arrested and charged a Montreal man in connection to a "Granny Scam".
On September 16, 2013, an 82-year-old California resident received a phone call from a male identifying himself as a lawyer, and advised him that his grandson was in trouble. A male pretending to be the grandson came on the line and told FAULKNER that he was in an accident and needed $6500 to fix the car and come home. The caller then gave FAULKNER an address of a hotel in Ottawa to courier the $6500.
On September 17, 2013, a male attended the hotel and address and advised the clerk he was expecting a package. THOMPSON was arrested for Fraud over $5000. THOMPSON had in his possession a fake Social Insurance Card and Alberta Driver's License in someone else's name.
Darryl THOMPSON, 32 years old of Montreal, was charged with Fraud over $5000, Possession of identity documents X 2, Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
THOMPSON will appear in court on October 17, 2013.
The Ottawa Police Service would like to remind the public to be wary of receiving "loved ones in trouble" telephone calls, and before sending any money, to check on the credibility of the information.