Archive for Thursday, May 9, 2013

Leavenworth County residents reporting of phone scams

May 9, 2013

The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s office has received complaints involving a phone scam.

The scammer wants to utilize Western Union wire transfers for an alleged family member stuck in Lima, Peru. The con man calls the victim pretending to be a grandchild needing money to get home. The caller claims to have been involved in an accident and can’t come home until hospital and auto repairs are paid. The money is then wire transferred overseas. The calls are received from blocked phone numbers. Deputies have taken reports on the incidents, but the sheriff’s office cautions the community to be alert in regards to scams of this nature. If possible, citizens are advised to call secondary sources to confirm the validity of the information given via phone. This is the second case the sheriff’s office has taken in a week’s time.

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