WICOMICO CO., Md. - Law enforcement in a local county is warning of a recent trend in scams.
The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says on Monday, they met with someone who said on October 3rd, they were contacted by a person claiming to be their grandson, who said he was in a car accident. The reported grandson's public defender then got on the phone, and said he needed $1,900, to get the grandson out of jail.
Soon after, the victim says he was again contacted by the "public defender" who said the money needed to be re-wired, because it was done incorrectly, so the victim sent another $1,900.
The victim directly contacted his grandson a few days later, to see how he was after the ordeal, and realized that he had been scammed, while someone posed as his grandson.
An investigation by the Sheriff's Office showed that the calls came from Canada, and the money was wired to the Caribbean.
The Sheriff's Office is warning residents of this growing trend in scams, where people use a victim's desire to help a family member in need to steal money. They advise when you are contacted by someone asking for money, make sure that you are absolutely certain that you know where the money is going.