Spokane County Sheriff’s Office warns about bail bond scam

MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2013, 10:14 A.M.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a possible telephone scam after a Liberty Lake grandfather was bilked out of nearly $2,000 over the weekend.

The man received a phone call that his granddaughter had been arrested on charges of possessing a large amount of illegal drugs in New York City, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. The caller, claiming to be a police officer named Lambert, told the Liberty Lake man a bail of $1,800 had been set in the case and that he should wire the money via Western Union in order for his granddaughter to be released. The recipient’s name was Vivian Mensah.

The man complied, and with processing fees lost $1,961 in the transaction. His granddaughter had never been taken into custody, according to the release.

The Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents bond is requested from a jail, not an arresting officer, and always in person. Those receiving similar calls are asked to contact Crime Check at 509-456-2233 with the names and phone numbers of potential scammers.

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