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Telephone scam reported in Cherokee area

Monday, March 5, 2012

Law enforcement authorities warn that another of many scams perpetrating the Cherokee area has been reported, this scam concerning telephone calls from Canada requesting money to free a grandchild from jail.

A Cherokee woman told the Chronicle Times that she recently received a call from a man in Canada saying her grandaughter was in jail and needed $2,095 to post bond, including an immediate $956 to get her out of jail. The woman was instructed to wire transfer the money to an address in Ontario, Canada.

As she questioned the caller, she said he put an alleged attorney on the line and she (the attorney) went into a detailed explanation that the grandaughter had tested over the intoxicated limits from consuming Nyquil after her vehicle was struck by another and law enforcement responded to the call.

The Cherokee woman said when her husband began questioning the alleged attorney, she quickly hung up the phone after her husband indicated he was wise to her.

The couple has a grandaughter who lives in Cherokee.

The Cherokee woman said she had heard that the scam is targeting elderly people in the Midwest, and wanted to warn the public by reporting it to the Chronicle Times.

Last week, the Cherokee Police Department issued a scam warning regarding two men who were quick-change artists working the Spencer area in Northwest Iowa. Quick-change artists attempt to confuse cash register clerks with sleight of hand and other nefarious methods.

Any citizen receiving a mysterious phone call, e-mail, knock on the door, or other personal contact with a stranger seeking money for goods or services should contact their local police or sheriff's office.

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I think the "Relative in Distress" scam is becoming more and more popular. The elderly are more trusting and international calls are dirt cheap.

Apart from contacting the police I also recommend filing a complaint with http://whycall.me to make the scammers information public.

Thank you for reporting it

-- Posted by louisa on Wed, Mar 7, 2012, at 7:02 PM

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