Text scam targeted to seniors making the rounds in Durham Region


Published July 4, 2024 at 9:32 am

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Durham Police is warning residents of a text message scam where the scammer claims to be a child or a relative who has lost or broken their phone and need money to replace it.

Police say the message – often targeted to elderly grandparents – will say the child or grandchild has dropped their phone or it fell into the toilet and it no longer functions. They will then ask for money to be sent electronically for a new cell phone.

“Please be aware of this new scam as well as all other common scams -knowledge is the key to staying safe and in control,” said Durham Police. “Spreading this information to loved ones and friends is your number one tool for prevention and safety.”

Durham Police has compiled a list of common scams that have become very prevalent in the community, which can be viewed at http://drps.ca.

“If you believe you or a family member are the victim of a scam please contact Durham Police or your local police service.”

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