Man charged with grandparent fraud in York area
York Regional Police are searching for more victims coming forward after a man was charged in connection with grandparent fraud.
An investigation began in March after four people reported being victims of grandparent fraud.
Victims received calls asking for money to help a grandchild or relative who was in prison or had legal troubles.
After the victims received the money, police said the suspect would meet them to collect the money.
Police believe there are more victims.
Police identified the suspect and he was arrested.
Aaron Hewitt, 51, of Brampton, is charged with $5,000 fraud, less than $5,000 fraud, racketeering, conspiracy, possession of criminal property, trafficking in criminal property and money laundering of crime proceeds.
“We would like to thank the bank staff who are taking the time to protect elderly victims by being aware of this type of scam and asking some questions. We encourage anyone to contact the police if they suspect a crime has been committed,” a police press release said.
For a list of current scams and tips on how to avoid becoming a victim, see yrp.ca/fraud.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 1-905-830-0303 extension 6612 or email email@example.com.
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