SCAM ALERT: Scammers Successful In Dubois County

HOLLAND (NNDC) – Aggressive scammers were able to get more than $1000 from a rural Holland couple this morning.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says the scam caller apparently had enough person information to convince the Holland couple that it was their grandson. He told them he had been arrested in Mexico City on drug charges and needed $1188 to bond out of jail.

DCSD says the couple was convinced it was their grandson and they wired the money by Western Union.

DCSD says after the couple wired the money, they got another call from the same person who then had them talk with his supposed attorney who advised the couple they needed to send another $1000 for attorney fees.

It was at this time, the couple realized they were being scammed. They contacted another family member who told them their grandson was fine.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and all local law enforcement agencies say these scammers may have some person information, but not all and at times can be very convincing. Law enforcement says the best thing to do is just hang up immediately and never give out any personal information and/or bank account.

Meanwhile, a second Dubois County resident was contacted this morning on her cellphone by a person reporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

The scammer told the woman that her son owes back taxes and the local sheriff’s department was going to show up at her home to arrest her son on a tax warrant.

The women knew she was being scammed so he called the sheriff’s department so it could alert the rest of the public of this scam attempt.

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