Lexington Co. Sheriff's Department warns residents about scam telephone calls

Published: Jun. 7, 2014 at 8:49 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Lexington County Sheriff's Department said they received a number of telephone calls on Saturday from residents who reported receiving telephone calls from persons who falsely claimed to be employees of the Sheriff's Department Warrant Division.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said the telephone calls were not made by Sheriff's Department Warrant Division employees.

Metts said the scam artists falsely told citizens whom they called that bench warrants had been issued to arrest the citizens for failing to show up in court for jury duty.

The scam artists falsely told citizens that they could avoid being arrested by buying pre-paid credit cards in the amount of $500 or $1,000 to pay fines and resolve the bench warrants.

The scam artists also provided citizens with a telephone number to call in order to make payments with the pre-paid credit cards.

The telephone number is not registered to the Sheriff's Department, and Metts said residents should not call the telephone number and should not buy pre-paid credit cards to try to resolve the matter.

Judges generally do not issue bench warrants for the arrests of persons who fail to appear in court for jury duty, Metts said.

In the event that a bench warrant was issued, deputies would arrest the person whom the bench warrant was issued for. The person who was arrested would appear in court before a judge, and the judge would determine during a court hearing what, if any, punishment should be imposed for the person failing to appear in court for jury duty.

Persons who receive telephone calls from the scam artists should inform the scam artists that they are reporting the incident to the sheriff's department and should ask the scam artists to provide their names.

If you have Caller ID on your telephones, you should record the telephone number that the scam artist called from and report that telephone number and the incident to the sheriff's department by calling 80-785-8230.

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