SPOKANE-- Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of a telephone scam after a North Spokane County man was taken for almost $20,000.
On Wednesday, deputies were alert of a telephone scam by a North Spokane County resident. The victim told deputies that at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, he received a phone call from an individual claiming to be his grandson.
This individual told the victim he had been arrested and needed $2,400 to get out of jail. The caller told the victim if he wired the money to an account in Lima, Peru they would avoid the two day handling time.
The victim wired the money via Western Union to Peru.
A couple hours later the victim received another call stating the judge increased the bail and requested an additional $6,250 The victim completed this transaction as well.
Shortly after, the victim received a third call requesting an additional $6,250 for the remainder of the bail. This money was transferred as well.
On Wednesday around 9:00 a.m., the victim received another call requesting $4,800 to pay lawyer fees. These funds were transferred.
At 3:30 p.m. the victim received another call requesting additional money. The victim did not transfer the money and contacted the Sheriff's Office.
The victims grandson had not been in trouble nor did he contact the victim. The victim wired a total of $19,700 to the Western Union in Lima, Peru. The phone numbers the victim received are listed: (438)998-6142, (514)458-3080, (438)993-6948, (438)998-6142