Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montreal Man Accused of Defrauding 10 Albertans in Grandparent Scam

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montreal Man Accused of Defrauding 10 Albertans in Grandparent Scam

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Montreal man charged in grandparent scam in Alberta

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CALGARY - Police have charged a Montreal man with defrauding Albertans of tens of thousands of dollars in the so-called grandparent scam.

These scams often involve people calling elderly victims, alleging to be a close relative who needs money due to an emergency of some sort.

The victims are convinced to send money to their alleged relative in the form of money transfers, prepaid credit cards, or sending money via a courier.

The incidents often involve multiple people posing as the victim's relative, as well as members of insurance companies or lawyers.

A joint, year-long investigation by Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal police, RCMP, Western Union and MoneyGram International resulted in the charges.

Yann Giasson, who is 28, was arrested in Montreal last week and charged with 10 counts of fraud under $5,000, and 10 counts of theft under $5,000.

Investigators allege Giasson fraudulently obtained more than $30,000 from 10 victims living throughout Alberta. …

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