Man sought after series of ‘grandparent scams’ in Durham Region

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Durham Regional Police are looking for a scammer who defrauded an elderly woman in Pickering.

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On Sept. 24, police say a man called the 77-year-old woman pretending to be her grandson and told her he was in jail.

Another person then got on the phone, claimed he was a member of the courts and told the senior that $9,000 was needed for her grandson to get bail.

Believing the scammers, the woman went to her bank to withdraw cash, then met with an unidentified man and handed over the money.

Police have released images of a suspect described as South Asian, between 20 and 30 years old, with a thin build, black hair and brown eyes.

He was dressed all in black and wore an Adidas face mask.

Investigators need help identifying a man who is suspected of defrauding a Pickering woman, 77, out of $9,000 in one of several recent grandparent scams targeting seniors in Durham Region.
Investigators need help identifying a man who is suspected of defrauding a Pickering woman, 77, out of $9,000 in one of several recent grandparent scams targeting seniors in Durham Region. Photo by Handout /Durjam Regional Police

Police say there have been at least five similar grandparent scams in Durham Region in the past three weeks.

In one of those cases an elderly Ajax woman was scammed out of $27,000.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s identity or whereabouts is urged to call police at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 2529, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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