ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. - Phone scammers targeted an Arkansas City woman, in an attempt to make off with a sizable amount of money.
The Cowley County Sheriff's Office says the woman was called in the middle of the night. The caller said that her grandson was in a New York City jail and she needed to wire money to get him bonded out.
She went to her closest Wal-Mart to wire the money. However, the Wal-Mart associates got suspicious and stopped the scam from happening. Sheriff Don Read says the employees blocked the transaction.
A spokesperson for Wal-Mart says associates are trained to ask specific questions when a transaction appears to be suspicious. The grandmother later contacted her grandson and found out that he was not in jail.
Sheriff Read says if anyone gets a call from someone suggesting they have a loved one in jail and they need to wire money instead they should call their local sheriff's office and get them to verify whether their loved one really is in jail. It could save you a lot of money.