(KMOV) – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is warning citizens of a telephone scam alert. A man is making calls identifying himself as a St. Louis City public defender.
The scam has already cost one lady thousands of dollars.
Authorities said the caller told an 86-year-old woman that one of her relatives had been arrested and in jail. The caller gave the victim a correct name of a relative and told her to wait for a telephone call from that relative with further instructions.
The victim received a call later, believing it was her relative, and told her to send $4,400 via wire transfer to post his bail. She complied and later learned her relative was never arrested. The money has not been recovered and no suspect has been identified.
Requesting money through a wire transfer is not a practice of the court system.
Missouri Public Defenders representing a client will never ask a client or a client’s family to pay them directly.
If you have any information, you are urged to contact St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.