Officials with the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office are cautioning local residents about a scam in which victims are told a relative needs money to get out of a foreign country.
Undersheriff Jim Sherley said the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office has received two reports of the scam this week. In both cases, the victims lost money.
Sherley said the scammers take advantage of people who think they're helping loved ones in trouble.
As part of the scam, the victim receives a call from someone who purports to a grandchild of the victim. Sherley the caller's phone number shows up on caller ID systems as being blocked.
The caller claims to have been in an accident in Lima, Peru, and can't return home until he's paid hospital and auto repair bills. The caller requests money through a wire transfer.
The undersheriff recommends that people who receive such calls check with other sources to confirm whether a family member is stuck in another country.
Sherley said anyone who has suspicions about a phone call can contact the Sheriff's Office.
"When in doubt, give us a shout," Sherley said.
He said both of the victims who have reported the scam to the Sheriff's Office live in the central part of the county.
He said one of the cases reported resulted in a loss of about $1,000. The other resulted in a loss of a little more than $2,000.