Pottawattamie County Sheriff warns about telephone fraud


January 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker has issued a warning to residents of the County about a phone scam that is circulating once again. Danker says his office has received “multiple reports” of attempted phone fraud. The complaintants said they had received calls from persons claiming to be a grandchild or close relative, who says they’ve been arrested.

The caller typically tells the victim they need a large amount of money, wired to their location, so they can post bail and be released from custody. Danker encourages anyone who receives a similar call, to report the matter to your local law enforcement agency. If you have reason to believe the call is legitimate, contact a family member or the law enforcement agency, where the “family member” is allegedly being held, prior to sending any money.

You may recall, a few years ago, we told you a Cass County resident received a similar call, from a person claiming to have been a man’s grandson, who was allegedly arrested in Canada. The potential victim questioned the caller, who became defensive. The person who was calling was also unable to answer a “Challenge” question to confirm their identity…it was a question only the man’s real grandson, would have been able to answer. The victim refused to send any money to the caller.