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Reno Police Warn About Recent Phone Scams

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From the Reno Police Department:

Over the last several weeks the Reno Police Department has seen an increase in calls for service and online reports by citizens reporting suspicious phone calls. The calls people have been receiving are from individuals claiming that a loved one of the intended victim is in jail and that the victim needs to send money to the caller for bail to have their family member released.
 
In a most recent incident an elderly female received a similar call where the caller claimed her granddaughter was being held in a jail in Tennessee. The caller then told the elderly female that she needed to send $6,000 for bail before her granddaughter would be released.  Unfortunately the victim later discovered her granddaughter was not in jail, but had already sent the fraudulent caller $6,000.
 
The Reno Police Department wants to remind everyone that may receive these types of phone calls that they are scams  Anyone who receives a call such as these to ask the individuals name, law enforcement agency they work for and phone number to call before sending any money. Once you receive this information contact the law enforcement agency or your family member to verify whether that family member is indeed in custody. Citizens with elderly family members living alone are encouraged to educate their family members on these types of calls to help prevent them from being victimized.

From the Reno Police Department
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