Grandparent/STARS Lottery Scams

The Moose Jaw Police Service is advising the public to be aware of two phone scams that are circulating within the community, following multiple reports on February 26, 2024.

One of the scams is the “Grandparent Scam” where the caller pretends to be a grandchild in need.

In this particular situation, the caller immediately indicates they need money and states a lawyer will contact them. Once information is obtained from the initial call a second call is placed to the “victim” from someone impersonating a lawyer. The “victim” is instructed to withdraw a large amount of money and await further directions.

The MJPS, lawyers, judges, or jails do not call people personally to request money. Also, if the caller is requesting payment via gift cards or Bitcoin, it’s a scam. If you become suspicious of the call, reach out to your grandchild or family member to verify the claims or requests.

The Moose Jaw Police Service would like to remind the public not to provide personal information over the phone.

The second is the “STARS Lottery Scam” where the callers claim to represent STARS Air Ambulance and tell people they have won new vehicles, along with cash prizes, ranging from $30,000 to $350,000. The fraudster will attempt to manipulate people by falsely claiming they have won an extravagant prize and ask them to send payment in order to claim their prize.

To protect yourself, always keep these points in mind:

You will never be asked to send money to claim any lottery prize. If you are being asked to send a cheque, money order, or payment of any kind to claim your lottery prize, it is a scam. Hang up the phone or delete the email immediately. If you become suspicious, check with STARS directly to verify if you are a winner.

If you or someone you know has fallen victim to a scam, please get in touch with the Moose Jaw Police Service at 306-694-7600. If you prefer to remain anonymous, call the Moose Jaw Crime Stoppers with your information at 1-800-222-8477, go online at p3tips.com, or download the mobile app.

For more information on fraud attempts visit Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca)