Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on February 06, 2013 @ 6:43PM
Created on February 06, 2013 @ 6:14PM
It's an old scam with a new twist. You get a phone call that your nephew, son, daughter or another family member is behind bars and that they need your help; but your help, isn't really going to them. In fact, they're not even in danger.
The Clarksburg Police have received calls about this most recent scam a couple times recently. One woman lost about $18,000 from it. In the newest version of the scam, someone calls a potential victim pretending to be a police officer or lawyer. The caller then said the victim's nephew is in custody for a DUI related charge and that they need you to wire money to them for bond or attorney fees.
The scary part is that some of the scammers are using spoofing technology to change the number that comes up on the caller ID as that of a legitimate police department.
Police said when you get a phone call like this, check with family members to see if your relative is actually in jail.
Also, law enforcement and lawyers will never ask you to wire them money. If you are asked to do so, it should be a red flag.
If you ever have concerns that something could be a scam, look up the real number and call the agency back and ask questions.
Report scams to your local police department.
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Feb 24, 2013 at 9:46 PM
I feel alarmed about caller ID spoofing, too. It makes the scam call difficult to recognize. From the article I found at http://www.callercenter.com/articles/calleridspoofing.html, I learned that nuisance callers can easily spoof numbers and it would be impossible for the recipient to find out.
What if the scammer would pose as my mom and assume my mom's number and somebody tells me there's an emergency? I would surely panic and probably fall for the trick. Terrible!