Scam Stopped by BMO Staff

  • Community   Thursday, November 18, 2021   Stratford Police

The Stratford Police Service would like to thank the staff at the Bank of Montreal located at 136 Queen Street East in St. Marys for preventing an 83-year-old customer from being scammed out of $10,000!
On Monday, November 8, 2021 shortly after 12:30 p.m. the victim attended the BMO in St. Marys after receiving a phone call from an individual who posed as the victim’s grandson. The scammer had convinced the victim that he was in jail in Toronto and needed $10,000 to be released from custody. Intimidation tactics were used to persuade the victim to not contact anyone for any assistance and the victim was directed to attend her bank, withdraw the money, and then forward the money to the scammer.
Thanks to appropriate questions being asked by the bank teller at BMO, this situation was recognized as a scam and the Stratford Police Service was contacted.
Police attended, and with the support of staff at the bank, the victim was put at ease and educated regarding these types of scams, and no money was lost!
The Stratford Police would like to encourage members of our community to discuss these incidents with others to help prevent further scams from occurring. Awareness equals Prevention!
For further information regarding this, or any other events, please contact:
Cst Darren Fischer, Community Resource & Media Relations Officer
Phone: 519-271-4147 ext. 186
Cell: 519-703-1305