Telephone scam targets seniors

A telephone scam has targeted Summerland seniors over the past two weeks.

A telephone scam has targeted Summerland seniors over the past two weeks.

Police say the scammers identify themselves as family members of the target and request money to deal with emergency legal costs.

One resident lost $8,000 to the scammers, said Sgt. Stephane Lacroix of the Summerland RCMP detachment. Another target made some follow-up inquiries after receiving a call and did not provide the scammers with funds.

“We want people to be aware,” Lacroix said. “The chances of us being able to recover the money is nil.”