A “Grandparent Scam” was thwarted by an informed bank employee in Sherwood Park last month.
On January 19, Charlene Andreychuk had an encounter with an 80-year-old customer who was looking to withdraw $6,000. According to Andreychuk, the woman needed the money to pay her grandchild’s bail money.
Andreychuk realized how similar this was to the common “Grandparent Scam” and stopped the transaction from going through.
As it turns out, the customer’s grandchild was not in jail, and she was about to become the victim of a scam.
The Strathcona County RCMP presented Andreychuk with a certificate of appreciation for her work in preventing the scam and stopping someone from losing $6,000.
The Strathcona County RCMP are asking residents to report any criminal or suspicious activity that may be related to these scams.