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Phone scams hit Medina

 

Medina residents have reported several attempted phone scams. Police say the scam begins when the victim receives a phone call from someone claiming to be a family member (son, daughter, or grandchild) or an attorney representing their family member.

The suspect tells the victim their family member has been arrested or involved in an accident in a foreign country such as Panama, Canada or Spain. The caller indicates that bail money or legal fees are needed. The victim is then directed to a local office of a money wiring firm to wire the funds to the foreign country.

Frequently the victim will receive another call after they have wired the initial funds, with the suspect telling them more money is needed and the process repeats itself.

Police advise

To prevent falling victim to this type of scam, Medina Police say people always should confirm the information being given by calling another family member to verify if the relative is even out of the area. Another option is to contact the family member in question.

In addition, police say people should attempt to verify who they are speaking with on the phone and request a full name and badge number if they claim to be a law enforcement officer. Those receiving calls should confirm the agency or business name, and locate a direct business number to call them back.

When in doubt, police say, people should call their local law enforcement agency for guidance.

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