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Bail scam hits Oregon

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by buick455, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. buick455

    buick455 se portland Member

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    Warning: Bail-money scam surfaces in county
    The Hillsboro Argus
    03/06 - (Oregon) Since Feb. 14, deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office have taken four fraud reports involving the same scam.
    An unknown man is calling people purporting to be their grandson and asking for bail money.
    Sheriff's deputies took fraud reports on Feb. 14, 15, 16 and 18. The reports involved a man calling and telling the victim he was their grandson and he had been arrested in Canada.
    The caller then asked for money to be wired to Canada so he could post bail. Many of the grandparents fell victim to this scam, resulting in a total loss of over $14,000.
    The Washington County Fraud and Identity Theft Enforcement Team forwarded this information to the U.S. Secret Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in an effort to catch the person or persons responsible for these crimes.
    The FITE team wants the public to be aware of this scam. They advise people to verify to whom they are sending money, If wiring money, make sure it is going to a location that requires identification at the time of receipt.
    Call the Washington County FITE team at 503-615-3483 if you or anyone you know has fallen victim to this scam.


    These people are convincing,they even have a "lawyer" call back for more info. let your parents and grandparents know.
  2. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    This scam has been around for a while. These scumbags prey on the elderly.
  3. wayoutwest

    wayoutwest Polk County, Oregon Active Member

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    I am aware of several of the same, in both Marion and Polk county in the past 3-4 months
  4. RockKrawler

    RockKrawler Gresham Member

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    Was just taking to my FIL about this,he said that someone pretending to be one of the grand kids called from Canada and needed money to get out of trouble.
    FIL asked a couple of questions,and then hung up on the caller since he didn't recongize the voice.