(CLARINDA) The Page County Sheriff’s Office is warning of attempted scams that have been happening in the area.
One of the attempted scams that has been recently happening is the caller is posing as law enforcement, court officials, and public officials from another country. The caller has stated that a relative is in another country and is in trouble, whether with the court system, law enforcement, or needing money for another reason. The caller pleads with the resident to send money to keep their relative out of jail, prison, or other legal problems including being stranded. Fortunately everyone that has contacted the Page County Sheriff’s Office has not fallen for this scam.
Another attempted scam that has been reported recently has to do with personal financial issues. The caller claims to be from a debt collection agency and demands money be sent immediately or the resident will be arrested. This is definitely a false accusation as immediate arrests don’t come from debt collection agencies. They come from court orders or active investigations and are not done over the phone. Law Enforcement does not call on the phone to collect a debt from a private individual / company. Law Enforcement will show up in person with a court order from a previous court judgment that was rendered.
Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer says if anyone calls and wants money sent immediately, always be cautious. Ask for a phone number to return a call. If it is a legitimate call, you should have no problem getting one. Check out the alleged reason for sending money with other relatives, no matter what the caller tells you, even if they claim to be a relative. Call Law Enforcement to report the call and the details before you would comply with the requests.
If someone wants money immediately, it is usually a good indicator of a scam. Always be cautious about giving any financial information over the phone / internet as it could be “seen” by more than the intended viewer and your information compromised.