Mac police warn about phone scam
They said the caller either purports to be a relative in need or a close friend of one. According to the pitch, the relative has either been hospitalized with an injury or jailed on a criminal charge.
In each of the recently reported incidents, the person receiving the phone call was suspicious. However, in some cases, money was sent.
Police urge citizens to verify the information they are receiving before sending money to anyone. They also suggest a quick Internet search, saying it might turn up other victims of like frauds.
So far, all of the calls have come from foreign countries and none have been traceable.
Anyone receiving such calls is asked to report them to police at 503-434-7307 or the Yamhill Communications Agency at 503-434-6500.