May 23, 2023

Pott. County sheriff warns of social media scam involving attorney

Posted May 23, 2023 10:00 AM

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities are warning residents of a new social media scam involving "attorney Larry R. Parker."

According to the Pottawatomie County Sheriff, Parker is contacting people over Facebook messenger claiming to be an attorney and he was "given their information by a person that they know." He says he is working with an organization that helps veterans, elderly, and the downtrodden with financial assistance. He asks them to Fed-Ex a check for $200.00 to him and to open a bank account, saying that once he receives the money he will deposit either $100,000 or $200,000 into the account to assist them.

The sheriff's office reported a local citizen was almost the victim of this scam but realized it before any money was sent. A search of Larry R. Parker on Facebook shows an attorney claiming to be an attorney who specializes in government grant money. The posts all appear from September 2022 and uses older photos.

Scammers often target elderly or vulnerable groups. Remember if something sounds too good to be true, it most likely is a scam. If you are unsure if something is a scam you can ask a trusted family member or friend or contact our office at 785-457-3353 to speak with a Deputy