Sheriff’s office warns of scammers pretending to be deputies, demanding money to avoid arrest

Sheriff’s office warns of scammers pretending to be deputies, demanding money to avoid arrest
Some people who have reported the scam say they were told if they did not send $3,000, a bench warrant would be issued for their arrest. (Source: Live 5)

KINGSTREE, S.C. (WCSC) - The Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office is the latest law enforcement agency to warn of a scam in which callers pretend to be deputies urge would-be victims to pay money to prevent a warrant being issued for their arrest.

County officials posted the warning on their Facebook page after receiving numerous calls about the scam.

“The caller identifies himself or herself as a specific WCSO deputy informing the individual that the call is about a legal matter,” the post on Facebook states.

Some people who have reported the scam say they were told if they did not send $3,000, a bench warrant would be issued for their arrest.

Deputies urge anyone who receives such a call to simply hang up.

“Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office will not demand money from you or contact you by phone about a warrant,” the post states.

One voicemail message reported claims the caller is “Lt. Daniel Moy” with the sheriff’s office and asks that the would-be victim call back.

The scammers have set up a voicemail pretending to reach the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office, deputies say.

The longer you remain on the line, the greater the chance of becoming a victim, they say.

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