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Emergency Scam / Grandparent Scam

A common fraud that targets New Brunswick seniors is the “emergency” or “grandparent” scam.

How it works

The scam artist calls the senior and pretends to be a family member (often a grandchild). They say they are in trouble and need money sent, but want to keep it a secret so they won’t get in trouble with their parents.

How to protect yourself

Before sending any money, take steps to verify the identity and the story of the person requesting money.

How to report it

If you suspect you’re a victim of an emergency scam, or attempted emergency scam, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, and your local police or RCMP.

FCNB administers and enforces legislation in the mortgage brokers, payday lenders, real estate, securities, insurance, pensions, credit unions, trust and loan companies, cooperatives, and a wide range of other consumer legislation. If your complaint relates to an area outside of FCNB’s regulated areas, we may refer you to the appropriate reporting agency or organization.