Sheriff's department warns about ongoing scam

Published: Sep. 27, 2014 at 5:57 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2014 at 5:57 PM EDT
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RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Richland County Sheriff's Department issued a warning Saturday about a scam going around.

Sheriff Leon Lott said a man posing as a lieutenant or deputy with the Richland County Sheriff's Department is calling citizens, threatening them in an attempt to steal their money.

Lott said that the suspect calls the victim and tells them that they were captured on camera running a red light; the suspect continues to tell the victim that they did not show up for their court date.

The suspect tells the victim a bench warrant has been issued for their arrest, and tells the victim to put $1,500 - $2,500 on a Green Dot card to pay their bond, Lott said.

The suspect then tells the victim to give him the PIN numbers on the back of the card (this process gives the suspect access to the value of the cash).

The suspect is giving the unsuspecting victim a telephone number to call which is hooked up to a recording stating it is the Richland County Sheriff's Department, but that is part of the scam, Lott said.

Lott said that law enforcement would not make this type of call nor ask you to send in money.

If you or someone you know may have been targeted, call law enforcement immediately prior to following the suspect's instructions.

You can reach the Richland County Sheriff's Department by calling (803) 576-3000 or (803) 576-3102.

Anyone with information about who may be making the calls, you are asked to contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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