Sheriff's Office: Scammers asking to wire bail money for a friend or relative

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Updated: 8/16/2013 5:35 pm
RENO, Nev. (WASHOE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE) - The Northern Nevada Cyber Center and Washoe County Sheriff's Office would like to alert the public to a possible fraudulent scam targeting the compassion and pocketbooks of members in our community.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility has seen an increase in calls by individuals reporting they were notified that a friend or family member had been arrested and needed money for bail.

These scams usually involve someone claiming to be a representative of a law enforcement agency, a friend of the alleged arrestee, or someone posing as the person arrested. They often ask for wire transfers through services such as Western Union.

We encourage the public to be cautious and always verify requests such as these. The Sheriff's Office does not accept services such as Western Union and does not notify family of arrests. Arrestees are allowed to make such notifications themselves.

Always be cautious and conduct any transactions directly through governmental agencies or licensed bail bonds companies. These services can always be verified through the phone book or other means.

To report an incident of fraud, contact your local law enforcement agency or report the incident to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at

The Northern Nevada Cyber Center is a highly skilled, multi-agency investigative unit located at the Sheriff's Office. The Cyber Center was developed to combat the rapidly growing trend of cybercrime. These crimes include fraud, child exploitation, hacking and other crimes occurring with the use of technology.
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