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Telephone scams target area residents


LA VERNIA The ruse of helping a loved one to get out of jail has resulted in an area resident being scammed out of $1,800 plus $150 in money transfer fees, according to Chief Bruce Ritchey of the La Vernia Police Department.

Ritchey said that last week, the resident received a telephone call to inform them that their grandson had been arrested in the Dominican Republic for driving while intoxicated. The caller prompted the resident to wire the money needed for his release.

The resident, after transferring the funds, called their son, asking to speak to the grandson, who actually was at home in the United States.

“If you get a call and it involves a family member, call someone else in the family to check it out,” Ritchey said. “Or call us, and we’ll research it.”

The resident called police, and officers attempted to contact the requestor in the Dominican Republic. However, Ritchey said, the telephone number the caller gave was a non-working telephone number. The case will be referred to the U.S. Attorney General’s Office for review.

In an unrelated scam, the chief said a resident living just outside the city limits called police after receiving a telephone call stating that he had won $1 million.

“The caller said the guy had to jump through a couple of hoops and he would get the money,” Ritchey said. “So the guy called us and asked if an officer could be present when they delivered the money.”

An officer was sent to the home and he waited with the resident. But no one arrived with any money.

“There’s so many scammers out there,” Ritchey said. “They might call 100 to 150 people a day. But if they get a few thousand dollars, to them it’s worth it.”

He also reminded residents, “Anything that sounds too good to be true, usually is.”

Anyone who believes they were scammed via telephone or email is urged to file a complaint with their local law-enforcement agency and with the Federal Trade Commission at or via telephone at 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357).

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