Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is asking the community to be on guard against scammer targeting residents.
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Sheriff Leon Lott stated that several citizens have received calls from someone posing as a Lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Department; telling citizens that there is a bench warrant for their arrest and they must go and purchase a pre-paid visa card (specifically a “green dot card”). The Sheriff stated that the suspect tells the citizen to purchase a card valued at $498 and they must call the suspect back with the numbers off the card; in order to have the bench warrant taken care of that is outstanding from Central Traffic Court.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the Sheriff’s Department is investigating these incidents to determine who is responsible; but that anyone who has followed through with the suspect’s request and has been victimized should contact the Sheriff’s Department immediately. The Sheriff added that anyone who receives a call stating that they have a bench warrant for their arrest can contact Central Court at 803-576-2300 extension 1 to verify the legitimacy of this claim.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that anyone who has been victimized will be treated with respect and that scammers will not be tolerated in Richland County; that the Department will pursue these criminals and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.
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