Update: Arrest made in “Grandparent scam” investigation

Saanich Police Major Crime Detectives have made two arrests in relation to the
“Grandparent Scam” that victimized individuals from Saanich, and possibly other areas
of Vancouver Island this week.

On Feb 29, 2024, with the assistance of the Richmond RCMP, a 26-year-old male from
Montreal and 24-year-old female from Quebec City, Quebec were arrested at the
Vancouver International Airport.

“Given the large financial losses from Saanich residents, and the high public interest,
Saanich Police Major Crime Detectives worked diligently to secure evidence, support
the victims, and ultimately locate the two suspects as soon as possible,” stated
Inspector Damian Kowalewich.

Both will be appearing in court this afternoon in Richmond and are each facing two
counts of Fraud contrary to section 380(1) of the Criminal Code.

Anyone who may have been targeted by the “Grandparent Scam” or variation should
contact Saanich Police or their local police agency.

Inspector Damian Kowalewich

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