The Sioux City Police Department is warning residents about a new scam that’s hitting the area.
Authorities say they’ve received multiple complaints involving a scam that involves bail bonds in Woodbury County. Police say that the scam involves people who have been arrested and recently bonded out of jail. A scammer will claim to represent the bail bond company and state that a mistake has been made with the victim’s bond. The scammer will then demand the victim pay additional funds, or face being arrested again. The victim will usually be directed to wire money via Western Union or Moneygram to a specific location.
Sgt. Chris Groves with the Sioux City Police Department says that a similar scam has been reported in Oklahoma. Typically, the scammer will ask for between $500 and $1000.
Police say that this scam is very similar to other scams that you may encounter. Many times a scammer will demand payment of money for some reason and have the victim send money via a wire transfer service or prepaid credit card. Authorities say that legitimate businesses do not generally request money to be sent in that manner, and if requested to do so you should consider it a red flag.