Didsbury RCMP are investigating after a Didsbury senior was defrauded out of thousands of dollars.

On June 13, Didsbury RCMP received a report about a local senior who got a call from a man claiming to be her grandson. He said he was in jail and needed bail money. Later, a different man came to the senior's home to collect the money in person.

While RCMP continues their investigation, they have prepared a composite sketch of the male they went to the seniors' door and are asking the public for assistance in both identifying the male and educating local seniors about this trending crime.

Didsbury RCMP wants to remind the public:

  • Bail is always paid in person at a courthouse or correctional centre;
  • Never send money to anyone you don’t know;
  • If a person claims to be a police officer or judge, call that police service or courthouse directly to confirm the situation – police and courts will never ask for any form of payment;
  • Never give out personal information over the phone or online to someone you don’t know—the police or courts will not ask for personal information over the phone.

“it is essential that we speak to our seniors about this trending crime as it is easily preventable with education, “ says Cpl. Shane O’Neil of the Didsbury RCMP. “Sit down with your loved ones have a conversation and consider printing out these tips and leaving them near the phone.”

If anyone has any information about this crime or those responsible, please contact the Didsbury RCMP Detachment at 403-335-3381.

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