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Phone Scam Under Investigation In Wicomico Co.

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WICOMICO CO., Md. - The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office is warning of another phone scams.

According to reports, on April 8th at 11:24 AM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office began investigating a fraud perpetrated against a resident of Salisbury. In this incident, a subject claiming to be an "attorney" reportedly called the victim and informed him that his grandson had just been involved in an accident in New York and was facing manslaughter charges. The caller allegedly advised that the only way to stop these proceedings was for $700.00 to be wired via Western Union for the grandson's bond. The victim in this case reportedly wired the money believing his grandson was in this predicament.

Authorities say the "attorney" then re contacted the victim informing him that additional money was needed to pay for another victim's medical bills as a result of the accident, but it was at this point that the victim discovered that his grandson was fine and in another state.

"We understand that people want to help especially their family members, but take a moment to check the whereabouts of those family members to make sure they are OK before you go and send that money out," says Lieutenant Tim Robinson with the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office says they are currently investigating this crime. Lt. Robinson says they believe almost all of these crimes are coming from outside the United States, making it very difficult to make any arrests.

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