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Cops: Couple thwart 'gang banger's' scam after finding help note

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The North Charleston Police Department says a 45-year-old woman was the victim of a phone scam where a man pretending to be a part of a gang threatened to kill the victim's husband if he did not receive money.

On Friday afternoon, officers responded to the Wells Fargo ATM on 6877 Dorchester Road in response to a couple finding a note for help.

Responding officers say the note read,"My husband kidnapped, the people on the phone, please call police, I am meeting them now and they want me to give them money."

A police report states the witnesses who found the note then followed the victim and contacted police. Officers say when they located and stopped the victim's car, the victim was on her phone with the suspect.

An officer said he then used a paper and pen to get information on the victim's husband. The officer then made contact with the victim's husband who said he was fine.

The officer then told the victim that she was involved in the latest example of a phone scam the Charleston County Sheriff's Office and Charleston Police Department mentioned in a news release two weeks ago.

The victim said it all started at 1:16 p.m. when she received a phone call from the suspect who said one of her family members had been involved in a serious accident.

An incident report states the suspect told the victim that he did not have a driver's license or insurance for his vehicle.

Police say the suspect told the victim that he and his brother were "gang bangers" from Chicago and just wanted to leave the scene of the accident

According to investigators, during the conversation, the suspect was able to get the victim's name.
The victim said the suspect told her that his brother would shoot her husband if the victim didn't do exactly as he said.

The suspect told the victim to go to the nearest ATM, get money and drive to a nearby Publix grocery store. According to the victim, the suspect said he wanted $600 in cash, and they would release her husband.

Authorities say once the victim was at the ATM, she was so upset that she was unable to complete the transaction. The victim was able to throw a note inside the witnesses' vehicle.

Police say the victim left the ATM in fear that if she did not get to the Publix, her husband would be shot.

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