The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has filed a report regarding a suspected scam they named “Get Out of Jail.”
According to detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division, who supplied information to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator, an elderly woman was contacted by people claiming to be a bail bondsmen and a law enforcement officer, respectively.
The callers told her that her grandson was in jail and needed $7,500 bail money.
“This is one of several calls received by her that have been reported in Bradley County,” Gault noted.
The victim told deputies the call “sounded legitimate,” according to reports.
“They also allowed her to speak to her ‘grandson’ — a voice convincing enough to fool her,” Gault said.
The victim withdrew an amount of cash from her bank and apparently drove by her grandson’s residence where she saw his car, then realized it was likely a scam.
According to the investigative notes, deputies discovered the call originated in Canada.
“The ‘Get Out of Jail’ scam surfaces from time to time and should be realized for what it is. Anyone who has sent money in response to a call of this nature should contact their local law enforcement agency,” Gault said.
n Copper wire was among items taken from a Benton Pike address.
Eddie Cox reported to deputy Jeremy Guthrie that someone entered a house he was demolishing and took wiring, a ladder, a sledge hammer and two framing hammers.
A nearby neighbor told Cox he had observed a man driving a small blue van in the neighborhood around the time of the theft.
Loss was estimated at $175.
Investigation is continuing and a possible suspect was named in the report.