The Dryden Police Service is warning the public of a scam targeted at seniors in the area. Police are advising the public to recognize that this is a scam, and to avoid these type of calls.  

The DPS says that an individual contacts an elderly person and pretends to be a grandchild or a family member in some kind of trouble and in need of immediate financial assistance. The senior is then given a phone number to call, which will be answered by someone pretending to be a police officer or a lawyer.

In a recent complaint received by the DPS, the victim was told that a grandchild was kidnapped – and the victim could hear screaming in the background. The individual also asked questions to make the victim volunteer personal information.

The DPS provided the following safety tips, to avoid scams and fraud:

- Police, judges or legal entities will never request that money be sent through money service businesses or want payment in gift cards.

- Don't give out personal information to the caller, including credit card information. 

- Confirm with other relatives the whereabouts of the family member or friend in question before even considering sending money.

- Never send money through money wire services to persons you don't know personally. Verify the person's identity before you take any steps to help. The money can be picked up anywhere in the world once it is given a transaction number.

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