Feb. 1, 2011CHILLICOTHE, MO |
The police say the resident received a call from a female claiming to be a relative and that she had been arrested in Canada and needed bail money. Another person also communicated with the citizen claiming to be a lawyer, stating that if the money was sent, that the supposed relative would be released from jail for the time being. An employee at the local business where the money was going to be wired advised the citizen to contact the police. The Chillicothe Police Department was able to contact the supposed relative and verify their whereabouts to convince the resident that it was a hoax. The Chillicothe Police Department would like to warn citizens to not fall victim of these scams. They advise that these criminals are good at what they do, never give out personal information over the phone, and to be cautious of what you say over the phone when you receive a strange phone call, you might be giving information in the form of a question to a scam artist. They also warn that once you place money on a wire transfer, it is usually gone.