Lexington County Sheriff's Department issues phone scam warning

Published: Sep. 5, 2015 at 10:18 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2017 at 4:10 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - Have you ever gotten one of those phone calls and you know it's a scam?

Some may seem more obvious than others. There are some scammers out there who are trying to take your money by posing as law enforcement.

And it's been happening all over the Midlands.

The Lexington County Sheriff's Department is one agency that says it's taken several complaints about these calls.

Investigators say while this is not the first time they've dealt with cases like this even they're surprised with how 'sophisticated' the scammers sound.

Investigators say there's even a fake automated message lying in wait if you call the scammers back.

In many cases victims are being asked to pay off things like outstanding arrest warrants and traffic tickets or post bail to get a loved one out of jail.

They then go on to ask for personal account information or for victims to place money on a prepaid credit card like this one.

The scammers then ask for the number of the card so they can access the funds. 

"We will never make a phone call about such legal matters, we're never going to make a phone call and instruct someone to go somewhere else and buy a prepaid card and we're certainly never going to seek out any kind of credit card information over the telephone," said Capt. Adam Myrick with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department. "Because we're going to handle this stuff by and large in person."

Lexington County is not the only agency seeing this problem. In late August the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office also said it was being impersonated by scammers.

Investigators there say residents were also told by phone to pay money in order to clear up an outstanding arrest warrant.

If you receive these calls, you should report them to authorities.

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