Dorchester deputies warn of phone scam targeting seniors

Published: Jul. 10, 2014 at 10:11 PM EDT
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The Dorchester Sheriff's Office says it's receiving multiple reports of scammers portraying department employees who are attempting to solicit money to prevent their would-be victims from being arrested.

The caller is someone claiming to be with the Berkeley County Warrants Division, Chief Deputy Sam Richardson said. The caller tells victims that they failed to show up for jury duty at their appointed time and that a warrant has been issued for their arrest.

The only way to avoid being arrested, the caller tells them, is to purchase Green Dot cards in various amounts ranging from $351.12 to $500 from a local CVS, then call back with the serial numbers from the cards.

Richardson says some people have reported that the caller identifies himself as either Sgt. Wade, Lt. Brakk or Capt. Wade.

The caller tells victims that if they do not call back with the card numbers, they will be jailed until the next court date.

"The scammers prey upon the elderly," Richardson said. "That has been their target audience."

Green Dot Cards are prepaid debit cards that can be used for purchases or for transferring funds.

Anyone with information on the scam or who thinks he or she may have been a victim should call the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office at (843) 873-5111 in Summerville or (843) 563-3511 in St. George.

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