The Baldwin County Sheriff's office has received numerous reports of a telephone scam operation involving financial assistance for family members in jail.
According to Capt. Michael Lumpkin, the scam begins with a phone call from a person posing as someone from a law enforcement or government agency. The person then informs the potential victim that a loved one is in some type of legal trouble.
"They tell the person that their family member is in need of money for attorney's fees and bail or their situation will become worse," Lumpkin said.
The objective of the scammer is to scare the caller into wiring money to get the family member out of trouble.
"This is more than likely a scam. If people receive this kind of call more than likely the individual has gained a information about them and possibly their family," Lumpkin said.
Any local resident who receives this kind of phone call and is in doubt about its authenticity, Lumpkin suggests asking for the agency's name and contact information.
He also advises individuals to try and contact the supposed loved one that is in need of the help.
"More than likely potential victims will find that their loved ones are fine," Lumpkin said.
If it is a scam, residents are asked to contact local law enforcement to report it.