South Huron Senior Loses $40,000 in Scam


A South Huron resident is out $40,000 after falling victim to the “Grandparent Scam.”

On March 20th, Huron County OPP were contacted by an elderly resident who said they lost $40,000 in the first week of March.

The victim told police they had received a call from someone saying they were an RCMP officer and had their grandson in custody following a collision where drugs and a gun were seized.

The scammer told the victim $8000 in cash was needed to be sent by courier to have them released on bail.

After sending the money, the victim was contacted again requested an additional $32,000 for their grandson to be released from jail. The money was sent by wire transfer.

OPP offer up various tips to avoid being the victim of a scam

  • Don’t give out your personal information (name, address, DOB, SIN, banking credentials).
  • Don’t accept friend requests from people you do not know.
  • Don’t invest your money in platforms provided by people you don’t know.
  • Be careful who you share images with. Suspects will often use explicit pictures to extort victims into sending more money.
  • Protect your online accounts.
  • Never send money to someone you haven’t met.
  • Don’t respond to text messages from phone numbers you do not recognize.
  • Learn more tips and tricks for protecting yourself.