GEARY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Officials say a Geary County woman has lost several thousand dollars in a scam, thinking she was sending money to a family member in an emergency situation.
On Wednesday, August 14, 2013, deputies responded to a home on K-157 Highway in reference to a Theft by Deception complaint.
The victim, an 85-year-old woman, told deputies that she was contacted by an unknown individual who identified himself as a lawyer.
The caller told the victim that her grandson was in jail in Maryland and needed to be bonded out.
The victim, believing the story, sent $7,700.00 via Western Union.
She later discovered it was a scam.
The case is still under investigation.
Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolf says several months back, another local resident received a similar phone call and started asking the caller questions about their loved one who was supposedly incarcerated and the caller hung up.
The sheriff encourages citizens to contact local law enforcement if they receive a call of this nature. Local authorities would then be able to contact whatever agency supposedly arrested their relative and verify their bond and other details. Residents are also urged to ask the caller specific questions about their loved one, including their physical description, date of birth, where exactly they're incarcerated and what their charges are and get the caller's phone number.