COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Cochise County Sheriff's Office is reporting a new scam in the county involving bail bonds.
According to CCSO a woman received a call from a man about an error to her son's bond and court date. The scammer told the victim there was an issue with the bond and that the amount was $1,500 short. He told the victim that he had taken over the bond because of the error.
The scammer told the victim she could get the money to them via a green dot card. According to the victim she told the scammer that she wasn't going to do that, but she would go to her bank in the morning to them get the money.
The victim was told by the scammer that her son would go to jail for another two weeks before he could see a judge, and they needed the additional money paid as quickly as possible. At this point the victim went to a store and sent three separate money grams to the scammer.
After sending the money off, the victim returned home and called the original bonding company who advised the victim that the call was a scam.
The victim called the CCSO and reported the scam, she then called her bank. Unfortunately one of the money grams had already been cashed, but the other two remained and a fraud alert was placed on them.
According to CCSO this is the second time this month that a scam like this has been reported. They are advising residents who may receive a call like this to hang up the phone and call their bail bond agent immediately to confirm the information.