Police are warning of a new scam that targets the good will of seniors.
The scam, called The Distress Scam Tale is pure fiction but can still pull on the heartstrings — and the purse strings.
A couple incidents have been reported by seniors, one on June 17 and the other in June of 2016. In both cases, a man was going door to door asking for money for a sick wife. The seniors gave a small amount of money, but became suspicious and phoned police.
"What people need to keep in mind is that this person is probably not at all in distress," said RCMP Cpl. Laurel Kading. "He's just looking for a handout."
So far in the Fort and the Heartland, RCMP have no open investigations of the scam.
A distress scam occurs when a con artist spins a tall story in hopes of appealing to the heart and getting their victim to hand over cash in sympathy. Claims such as ill-health, family tragedies or legal issues are unfortunately just cunning ruses.
Police recommend that if people are having trouble separating fact from fiction to simply donate the money to a relevant charity.
They add that if this scam happens to anyone, people should phone 911 immediately so police can get there quickly to talk to the scammer.