UPDATE: Dubuque woman charged in 'relative in jail' phone scam turns herself in

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Authorities say McCarville turned herself in on September 22.

Federal authorities are searching for an eastern Iowa woman in connection with a "relative in jail" scam targeting elderly people.

A federal indictment accuses 23-year-old Payton McCarville and others from Dubuque or surrounding areas participated in the scheme to defraud people throughout the U.S. McCarville is charged with wire fraud.

Investigators said the scheme involved calling a person and falsely telling them a relative was in jail. The caller would ask the person to wire money via Western Union or Money Gram as bail money to get the relative released. The scammers would pick up the wire transfers and in some cases send the money overseas.

Authorities describe McCarville as being 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. She also has a lion and flowers tattooed on her right arm, and the quote "You are braver than you believe and stronger than you see" tattooed on her left arm.

Authorities ask anyone with information about McCarville should contact local police or call the Immigration and Customs Enforcement tip line at (866) DHS-2-ICE. They said no one should try to apprehend McCarville themselves.

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