Phelps County Sheriff's Department Warns of Multiple Scams

By KOLR10 News

Published 02/18 2014 03:57PM

Updated 02/18 2014 03:58PM

PHELPS COUNTY, Mo. – The Phelps County Sheriff’s Department is warning area residents of multiple scams.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, they received a recent report of a scammer claiming to have a family member in jail.

In this scam, a suspect calls a victim and claims to have a family member under arrest. The scammer then demands money for bail.

In the most recent case, a victim received multiple calls from the scammer, who requested that the victim purchase gift cards and send money.

Another popular scam involves a suspect calling a victim and claiming the victim has won a large amount of money or other prize.

The scammer then tells the victim that all they have to do is pay a tax or handling fee to receive the prize. Most of these scams involve an attempt to get the victim to wire transfer money to the scammer using a service such at Western Union.

The Phelps County Sheriff’s advises Phelps County residents to be wary of phone calls soliciting any type of personal information or the transfer of any monies either by credit card or wire transfer.

The release says they are well-known scams and anyone receiving a call should not give any information to the caller, hang up the phone and call your local law enforcement agency.

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