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Sheriff: Scammers using Powerball jackpot as basis for scam

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ORANGEBURG, SC (WCSC) -

Scammers are using the recent record-breaking Powerball lottery drawing as the backdrop for a new scam, authorities say.

Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell is warning residents to be wary after several residents have notified his office of callers attempting to use the lottery scam to steal money.

Ravenell said the caller tells potential victims they have won large amounts of money in the Powerball drawing. However, to receive that money, they are instructed to pay the "insurance" or the taxes on the winnings.

"A report by the Better Business Bureau came out just today today on this very thing, the same thing we're seeing now," Ravenell said. "This is one going around rapidly especially now that the Powerball lottery is over."

Anyone who has received a suspicious call or who has a question about the scam should contact the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office at (803) 534-3550 or the South Carolina Education Lottery at (803) 734-4966. 

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