Lawrence County, Mo. -- (3/8/2018) An old scam has come back around and is being used on Lawrence County residents.
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has received calls from concerned citizens about calls reportedly coming from the Lawrence County Jail.
Here is how this scam works:
A family member, usually a grandparent or relative that may not have daily contact with someone, will receive a call that may show up on caller ID as "Lawrence County Jail", "Lawrence County", "Jail" or something similar. The caller at the other end of the line will present themselves as a grandchild or other relative and tell the unsuspecting victim that they are in jail and that they need cash in order to post bond. This person will typically use the actual name and have other personal info of a family member and may have information on that family member as well. They will beg and plead for the help of the alleged relative.
Lawrence County authorities say the victims in their cases did not fall prey to this scam. They are reminding the public to not send money if you get such a call. Instead, they say verify the information.
1. Call the Sheriff's Office at 417-466-2131 and ask if that person is actually in jail
2. Visit their website at www.lawrencecosheriff.com and click on the "Inmate Roster." This roster is updated every 15 minutes with current information.