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Vernon Sheriff's Office warns of 'jailed family member' scam

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VERNON PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office would like to warn residents of an ongoing scam in which a caller contacts an individual to falsely notify them that a family member of the individual is in jail or is being arrested.

The caller then asks the individual to wire money to bond the family member out. The caller has continued to contact individuals even after money has been sent, asking for additional money for medical care for the family member or to help the family member leave a foreign country.

The calls have been traced to Quebec, Canada. The numbers related to this scam are 514-561-9655 and 514-649-7798.

In this particular scam, the callers had asked individuals to wire the money to Mexico City. The Vernon Sheriff's Office says that once money is wired to this location, there is no way for law enforcement to recover the money.

Sheriff Sam Craft with the Vernon Sheriff's Office asks residents to contact their local law enforcement if they receive a call like this, so that a confirmation and arrest or warrant can be obtained.

If possible, it is advised that residents who receive calls like this to contact their service provider and block these numbers from their phones.

The Sheriff's Office reminds citizens not to share any personal information with unknown persons who call.

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