The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about scams involving people professing to be law enforcement officers who call senior citizens by phone and request money be wired to prevent a relative from being jailed.
Numerous instances have been reported. In at least one case, Monroe County was named as the call’s origin, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
In the event of a legitimate call from law enforcement, the caller will allow the person called to talk with their relative or loved one, according to the release. They will never request that funds be wired to a third party. If a resident does receive a call, authorities warn not to wire funds to an unknown person. Instead, ask to speak with your loved one and record the name of the alleged officer, the agency involved and their phone number.
Then contact your local law enforcement agency and request that they verify the information.