Just days after the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office warned citizens of a scam going around the Upstate where victims are asked to send money for a family member who is in trouble, they are warning citizens of another scam hitting Greenwood County.
According to Capt. Dale Kittles, the Sheriff’s Office has received a number of complaints saying a caller identified himself as a deputy. The scammer then told the victim there was a warrant for the victim’s arrest and payment must be made immediately using a “Green Dot” prepaid debit card. When victims say they will come to the Sheriff’s Office to straighten the matter out, the scammer warns them that they will be arrested if they show up.
“It is not the policy of the Sheriff’s Office to make contact with a citizen and set up payment by any means, most specifically by means of a prepaid debit card of any type,” Kittles said. “If you are contacted by anyone who identifies themselves as a deputy with the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office you have the right to ask for their information in regards to name, badge number and office number, so you can call to verify the legitimacy of the allegations. Deputies will never ask for you to make payments in order to keep a warrant from being served.”
If you have any questions or concerns contact Capt. Dale Kittles at 864-943-8057 or 864-942-8600.