Authorities Warn Of Phone Scam Targeting Cleveland County Residents

Friday, February 15th 2013, 2:46 pm
By: News 9

Authorities are warning against a phone scam that's targeting residents in Cleveland County.

Earlier in the week, a woman received a phone call from a man in Virginia claiming to be a relative. The caller explained that he was in jail and needed bail money.

Sometime later, according to the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, the woman received a call from another person who requested money to cover the relative's legal expenses. The woman was able to verify that her relative was not in Virginia or jail.

Sheriff Joe Lester is urging anyone who may receive a similar call to disconnect.

"I don't want any citizen to fall prey to this scam," said Lester. "If you get one of these calls, please hang up and don't send any money."

Sheriff Lester said if you suspect your relative is in jail, you may call the detention facility where an employee can look up the inmate's name and status. If you believe you might be a victim of this scam, notify law enforcement immediately.

The Sheriff's Office provided the following links for more information:

Oklahoma Attorney General's Office

Consumer Fraud and Scams

FBI Scam and Warnings