An old scam has resurfaced in Lincoln County and other locations around the world. It’s the one where an unsuspecting person gets notified that a family member being detained in another country and that they need bail money wired to them so they can be released. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s says “Don’t fall for it!”
In two recent cases in Lincoln County the calls have been made to grandparents from a male telling them he is their grandson. The caller claims he is in jail in Canada and needs bail money wired to him. In each case the phone is then handed off to the “officer” at the detention facility explaining the process of how to wire the money, which involves the money being wired to Peru.
The FBI was contacted and advised that there is an investigation underway by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the FBI regarding several reports with the same method of operation.
Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Dotson stated, “I am very proud of our citizens’ ability to identify these scams and contact law enforcement before sending money. Unfortunately, scammers can be very innovative with developing new ways to scam others. Please continue to be vigilant and contact law enforcement if you think you might be the target of a scam.”
One way to avoid getting scammed in this case is to FIRST determine whether a family member or friend is in fact in jail somewhere. Call other family members or friends and check out the story. It doesn’t take long. This is a very old scam, but some victims find it compelling. But don’t be fooled. And certainly don’t give ANYONE your credit card numbers or ANY other personal information.