Scammers impersonating sheriff's office demanding money from residents

Scammers impersonating sheriff's office demanding money from residents

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County investigators say they believe someone is impersonating someone from the sheriff's office and demanding money.

According to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, several citizens have reported getting phone calls from someone claiming to be with the sheriff's office and demanding payment to clear up fines or outstanding warrants.

"This type of scam has been around for a while, and it is becoming more and more prevalent in our area, especially with the advancement in technology," a sheriff's office report states." The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office want to remind its citizens and the public that law enforcement will never make a call for payment over the phone to clear up an outstanding warrant or to pay a fine. A fine can only be paid through the courts, and a warrant can only be cleared by the defendant paying the fine through the court of jurdiction or by the individual serving time in jail, or by having the matter handled by their lawyer."

The sheriff's office is asking anyone receiving a telephone call from a person purporting to be a member of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office or other law enforcement official seeking money should refuse the demand, write down the caller’s telephone number, and report the matter to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office or their local law enforcement agency.

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