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CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE - A Cherry Hills Village resident received a fraudulent telephone call from an unknown individual representing himself as an officer from a California Police Department.

The caller explained that the grandson of the victim and a friend were arrested while transporting a large amount of drugs in their vehicle.

In order for the grandson to be released from jail, the caller requested that $12,500 in cash shipped using FedEx to a location in California. The caller also requested that the signature requirement was waived.

These scam artists can be very convincing. It is important that you check the story before you do anything. You may receive a telephone call, an email, a letter or a text messages, requesting money to be wired for getting someone out of jail, pay hospital bills after an accident, or stranded because they lost their wallet and credit cards. We recommend that you do not send money to anyone that you do not know.

Law enforcement does not request any mailing or wiring of funds to release a person from jail. The Cherry Hills Police Department urges everyone to verify any situation involving the wiring or mailing of funds to a third party.

You may call the Police Department at 303-761-8711 for more information on how to protect yourself from potential scammers or for additional advice on how to deal with these types of calls.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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