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Police warn of new scam hitting the panhandle

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Several KOTA Territory police departments are warning the public of a recent scam being reported in the area.

Victims have been contacted by telephone, and suspects pose as family members claiming to have been in an accident or have been arrested. The caller then states that the need bond money to be released from custody. A second suspect then gets on the phone and tells the victim they need to send money and how to do so.

This type of fraud is not new, but in newer cases the suspects actually have contacted delivery companies to come to the victim's house to pick up money orders or checks. This move is an attempt to legitimize the request.

The checks or money orders are sent to various addresses across the country- previously these checks were sent overseas.

Police say that there have been cases where the first suspect poses as a grandchild, and targeting an elderly grandparent. The callers have researched online records and are aware of the names of grandchildren and other family members- another attempt to legitimize the scam.

Family members who care for the elderly or potential victims are encouraged to educate those they care for.

Law enforcement will not contact people asking for money to assist in getting someone out of jail.

Another warning sign is the scammers warn the victims not to contact the police or disclose the information to family members. Recent cases have involved thousands of dollars being sent to the suspects.

Any suspicious activity pertaining to this or any other scam should be reported to your local law enforcement agency immediately.

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