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Police warn of 'emergency' scam after mother conned out of $6,000

OPP officers on security detail walk past a cruiser in an undated file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

Ontario Provincial Police are warning of an “emergency” scam that cost a mother from Picton, Ont., $6,000.

Police say the woman recently received a frantic phone call from a man claiming to be her son.

He told her he was in jail after a serious motor vehicle collision.

Police say the call was then turned over to someone claiming to be a lawyer.

The alleged lawyer told her to deposit $6,000 into an account to facilitate her son’s release.

After complying, the woman made contact with her son, who told her he was not in trouble.