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Crying 'loved one' used in bail money scam

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Scammers claim a loved one is in jail, going so far as to put a crying person on the line. (Source: WAFF file) Scammers claim a loved one is in jail, going so far as to put a crying person on the line. (Source: WAFF file)
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Bond money or scam?

Lauderdale County deputies are encouraging people to be on alert for a potential scam in the Shoals.

Chief Deputy JR Witt said one of the questionable calls came to a close friend. The elderly couple didn't know what to do, so they called him to get help.

Thankfully, he said, he intervened before any money was transferred.

Investigators said the call comes in from a person claiming to work at the county jail telling them a loved one has been arrested and needs bail money.

In this case, it was a grandson - and then they put a crying person on the phone pretending to be in jail.

Witt said he went to the jail to confirm the call was a hoax, but admitted even he was considering the possibility.

"Even I was somewhat convinced he was possibly in jail," said Witt. "What they were doing was asking them to go to the local supermarket and buy money orders."

Deputies worry some people will fall victim to the calls in order to help out a loved one.

Officials said if you find yourself on the receiving end of one of these calls, get as much information as you can. Hang up and call the local jail to verify what you've been told, and if it is fake, report it to law enforcement.

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