SCAM Alert! The Midwest City Police Department is warning of two recent scams that have resurfaced.
The scammers are targeting seniors by calling and stating a family member is in jail, usually in a distant town or even another country. They are demanding that the relative send a large sum of money for bail. Recent scammer were asking that $27,000 dollars be sent inorder to get their relative out of jail.
The caller often suggests they are calling for the family member acting as they are government official or law enforcement. Some of the recent scammers even have the name of a family member and imitate them over the phone pleading for money. The elderly victim is directed to contact their bank and have the money wired to specific account. Once the money is wired it will be difficult if not impossible to recover the money.
A second scam involves individuals showing up at individual homes explaining they are from the fire department. Equipped with ladders they offer to go onto the home owner's roof and inspect for damage. They then offer to file a claim with the home owners insurance.
Please educate your family members regarding both of these scenarios and contact police if you have any concerns or receive calls like this. If you are contacted by either of these scams or any other, call the MWC Police Department at 739.1320.