January 14, 2016 10:45 am
Updated: January 14, 2016 10:51 am

Four Laval women face charges in New York grandparent scam

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Police in New York state announced four Canadian women are facing charges in connection with a so-called grandparent scam.

According to investigators, the scammers operated out of Laval, Que. and would contact a senior by phone or email and identify themselves as the person’s grandchild.

Police said the scammer would indicate that he or she had been arrested in another state and needed money quickly to post bail.

A second person would then get on the phone and identify themselves as a police officer to advise the mark where and how to send the cash.

Police allege four people travelled to Albany from Laval earlier this month to pick up money packages related to the scam.

The four face charges of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

One is also charged with third-degree attempted grand larceny.

Police haven’t said how much money was involved.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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