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WPD warns of scam asking money for transplant

The Worthington Police Department has issued a scam alert following a recent incident that involved a motorist assist.

The WPD stated that, upon seeing a vehicle pulled over on the side of the road, a Worthington police officer pulled over to check on the driver of the car. The driver of the car told the officer that she was going to the bank to get money for a friend who lived in London, England, to help pay for a kidney transplant. She added that her friend had told her he was at the only hospital in England that does kidney transplants.

The driver of the car also said that her friend's doctor had even called her and convinced her that the man needed the kidney transplant and the money for it. Officers quickly realized the driver was being scammed.

The driver subsequently admitted she had never met her friend face to face and was first contacted by Facebook. The police officer explained how the scam works and what its red flags were. 

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