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Pair from Guelph accused of trying to scam Cambridge senior

Waterloo Regional Police said the two contacted an 82-year-old Cambridge man by phone, saying their grandson was in jail and needed $15,000 to be released on bail
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Two young Guelph residents have been arrested and charged after Waterloo Regional Police say they tried to scam a Cambridge senior out of $15,000, in one of 14 reports of the grandparent scam Wednesday.

In this particular incident, police were called to the King and Eagle Street area of Cambridge around 6 p.m. to intercept a transaction.

This, after police said an 82-year-old Cambridge resident alerted them to a phone call they received from someone saying their grandson was in jail and needed $15,000 to get out on bail.

A 20-year-old man and 16-year-old youth were charged with fraud over $5,000 and held for a bail hearing.

Police are also encouraging the public to review the details of this type of fraud with seniors or other vulnerable people, and to consider several things to protect yourself.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the grandparent scam, and things to look for to protect yourself.

If you believe you're a victim of this, or a similar scam, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or Waterloo Regional Police at 519-570-9777.