4 Quebecers charged in U.S. 'grandparent scam'
Canadian border guards are silhouetted as they replace each other at an inspection booth at the Douglas border crossing on the Canada-USA border in Surrey, B.C., on August 20, 2009. (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, January 14, 2016 7:42AM EST
ALBANY, N.Y. - Police in New York state say four Canadian women are facing charges in connection with the so-called grandparent scam.
According to investigators, the scammers operated out of Laval, Quebec and would contact a senior by phone or email and identify themselves as the person's grandchild.
Police say the scammer would indicate that he has been arrested in another state and needs money quickly to post bail.
A second person then gets on the phone and identifies himself as a police officer, who advises 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, and one is also charged with third-degree attempted grand larceny.
Police haven't said how much money was involved.