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Two dozen people falling for bail scam

A Central Kentucky police chief is sounding the alarm, trying to keep more people in his community from falling victim to a scam.

The Danville Police Chief says dozens of people have wired money to foreign countries to help get a loved one out of jail. The only problem is those people were never arrested.

Danville Police Chief Tony Gray's already received more than two dozen complaints from curious callers. They're all trying to figure out if what they're being told is real.

"The scam of one of their relatives has been arrested, and they're seeking some bail or bond money," explains Danville Police Chief Tony Gray.

Some of those callers don't know the arrest is fake until it's too late. Chief Gray says one person ended up sending $5,000 overseas, thinking he was bailing out a relative.

"Seems to be international. A lot of the things are going overseas. The money's being asked to go overseas, or it's either going out of state, but most of it has been going overseas."

Why are they all falling for this trick?

Chief Gray says it's because the lies are all centered around a bit of truth.

"Unfortunately, it seems that these people somehow know that people have been traveling, or been out of state or out of country and so when people get this phone call they're kind of believable."

Police haven't figured out just yet how con artists know about families traveling out of town, but they're asking potential victims to verify arrest information with other family members before wiring any money to foreign numbers.


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