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Two nabbed in Halton Grandparent scam

The Halton Regional Police Service has arrested two suspects in relation to a grandparent scam.

On December 30, 2022, an elderly female victim reported that she had been targeted for a grandparent scam.  The suspects purported to be from a law firm and requested a large sum of cash in order to bail out the victim’s grandson.  Investigators were able to intercept two suspects as they were on their way to the victim’s residence to collect the cash.

Lamorn Charles Armbrister Jr (26) of Quebec was charged with:

  • Fraud Over $5000

Pascal Florestal Pascariu (36) of Quebec was charged with:

  • Fraud Over $5000

Both accused were held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2316.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Emergency (Grandparent) Scams 

Police advise the public that types of scams typically involve the victim receiving an unsolicited phone call regarding a loved one being in distress. The perpetrators falsely identify themselves as a loved one, or impersonate a police officer and/or other participants of the criminal justice system (such a lawyers, bailiffs, and “bondsman”), falsely claiming that the loved one is in police custody as a result of a specific incident. They request a large sum of money to have the supposed loved one released from custody, or to pay for associated bills/fines accrued as a result of the alleged incident. The funds requested can be in the form of a direct cash payment, bank transfers, various gift cards, and digital currency. While the scam is ongoing, and the payments are being made, the perpetrators will on occasion use the threat of a fictitious “gag order” to prevent the victim from discussing the matter with anyone else. 

Tips to protect yourself:

• Attempt to verify the caller’s identity – do not volunteer any information, and further ask very specific probing questions about the caller.

•Request to call back the initial caller – then independently find the number of the police service (or other purported agency in question) and call them directly to clarify the situation. If unsure, call your local police service and ask them for assistance. 

• Attempt to directly call the loved one in question and clarify the matter with them. 

Remember – Fraudsters will count on your good will to act quickly and help a loved one. Take your time and use above noted tips to protect yourself. 

Additional information on frauds and scams can be found here, or through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website.

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