Grandparents’ scam returns to Abbotsford

Elderly man conned out of $2,500 after receiving call from someone he thinks is his granddaughter.

The “grandparents’ scam” has resurfaced in Abbotsford, resulting in a 73-year-old man being defrauded of $2,500.

Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said the man received a call last Thursday from a woman claiming to be his granddaughter.

The woman claimed she had been in a drunk-driving crash in Quebec and needed money to repair her vehicle.

The man then wired her the cash.

The scam has been widely reported across Canada and has cropped up in Abbotsford on occasion. In 2010, four local women lost between $2,000 and $4,800 each, and a man was scammed out of $9,000 the following year.

MacDonald said police continue to receive complaints about the scam, although most do not involve any money being sent.