Scam targeting elderly reported in Maries Co.

Caller requests money for relative's jail bond

MARIES COUNTY, Mo. - Another scam was reported in Maries County this weekend, this time with an elderly victim.

According to the Maries County Sheriff's Department Facebook page, an older woman reported she nearly wired $1,540 to a phony caller last week.

The would-be victim was told her grandson was in jail in another county and needed the money to bond out. The stipulation was that the money be sent via Western Union.

When the victim took the money to a local Western Union to be wired, the employees recognized it as a scam.

Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman was reminding people to keep an eye on elderly family members who are often the targets of these scams.

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