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Toronto man charged in grandparent texting scam involving thousands of dollars

Mississauga (Mar 18) – Investigators from Peel police’s Fraud Bureau have charged a Toronto man in relation to a growing grandparent scam.

Police said that in June 2023, a victim received a text message from an unknown phone number indicating it was from a family member, and they were using a friend’s phone as their phone was damaged and inoperable. The text messages continued, stating that the family member had an unpaid bill that needed immediate attention and requested funds from the victim to help.

Once the victim agreed to help, the suspect sent the victim an e-mail address to transfer the funds. The victim transferred thousands of dollars to the accused who they thought was family. After contacting the legitimate family member, they realized they were a victim of a scam.

During the investigation, a second victim in British Columbia was also identified.

On March 13, 2024, Charles Junior Cleveland King, a 39 year- old from Toronto was arrested and charged with Fraud Under $5000 and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.

He will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on April 15 to answer to these charges.

Investigators believe that there may be additional victims, and police are encouraging them to come forward and file a report with their local police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fraud Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext. 3335.

Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.

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