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Bail bond money scam troubles Clay County

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — Over the past two weeks, six scams were attempted on people recently released from Clay County Jail, according to deputies.

None of these scam calls were successful, as each recipient recognized the call as a scam.

However, two others were contacted after being recently released by an unknown caller and were told they still owed money to the bonds office due to an 'employee clerical error.'

They'd face additional charges, they were told, and even arrest, if they didn't pay up, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Both paid this scam artist – one by Western Union money transfer and the other by money-gram.

Clay County deputies urge: do not fall for this. Bail bondsmen do not conduct business in this manner. They usually only meet in their offices.

Here's some advice direct from the Sheriff's Office:

In this age of advanced technology and freedom of information laws, the scam perpetrators hedge their bets and are successful in these scams by playing on emotions, fear and greed to complete the scam.

To check if you're being scammed:

  • Trust your gut: if something seems strange, it probably is
  • Research phone numbers: if it's from a weird place and has an unknown area code, that's a red flag
  • Check on the company's information online to see if it's real

If you've been victimized by this scam, please contact authorities.


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