Pacific Grove police are warning residents about recent phone scams in the area involving money wire transfers and requests for personal information.
Among reports police have received:
· A woman received a phone call from someone claiming a family member was in a Mexican jail and needed money for bail. She was told to send money via Western Union. The woman was suspicious because she didn't have any family in Mexico.
· A caller claiming to be from a New York bill collection company wanted a resident to provide Social Security numbers and personal information and threatened incarceration if the resident didn't cooperate.
· A caller posing as a federal agent or police officer asked a resident to help an investigation by setting a trap for a lottery scam. The resident wired money via Western Union to Australia.
Police said the callers may be using personal information from social media sites.
Police advise residents to never divulge personal information over the phone or send checks, money orders or valuable items to people or businesses you don't know.
If the scam involves a relative, confirm with someone you know that what is being claimed is true.
You can report scams online to the National Consumers League Fraud Center at www.fraud.org, or call the local police department.