Phone scam asks employee to post bail for co-worker

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 | 9:30 a.m. CST; updated 10:54 a.m. CST, Tuesday, January 26, 2010

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department is warning of a phone scam in which an employee of Steak 'n Shake, 3004 Clark Lane, was asked to wire $800 to post bail for a co-worker.

The first employee received a call on Jan. 18 at Steak 'n Shake that purported to be from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, according to a news release. The caller told the woman that her co-worker had been arrested and asked that she use a Western Union or Money Gram to post bail. The woman did so, using her credit card.

However, her co-worker had not been arrested, and the call did not come from any law enforcement agency.

There are currently no suspects, and no arrests have been made. 

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.