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PRIMGHAR, Iowa | The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office is warning the public of a phone scam that swindled money from an elderly woman. 

Authorities received a complaint Tuesday the woman got a call from a male subject that identified himself as her grandson. The caller explained he had been arrested and was put in jail and needed cash to pay bond to get out, the sheriff's office said.

The subject begged the woman not to call anyone else due to the embarrassment it could cause him. Another male subject was put on the line claiming to be a police officer investigating the case.  

The "officer" said it would take $7,200 to get her grandson out. 

The subject called back later with specific instructions on how to send the money but continued to emphasize not to tell anyone since it would "compromise" the investigation.

The sheriff's office said the woman shipped the money via UPS to an address in Maryland. 

The grandmother later confirmed that her grandson was safe and had no involvement in the alleged Maryland incident. 

The sheriff's office said they are actively working the case with Maryland law enforcement to locate the people responsible for the crime. 

The department advises people to use caution when receiving calls asking for money and urges to check validity of them. 


Crime and general assignment reporter

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