Scam artists know how to target people’s weak points. The latest fraud detected in Lexington County takes advantage of the elderly’s love for their grandkids, the sheriff’s department said in a news release.
A 75-year-old Lexington County man told investigators that he was approached by a man posing as a captain with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. The scammer had a story to tell that involved the old man’s grandson and legal problems that a $4000 gift card could resolve.
Nothing about this approach of a citizen rings true. Sheriff’s deputies don’t ask for gift cards to resolve criminal cases and gift cards can’t be used to post bail for inmates, Sheriff Lewis McCarty said.
If you get a call like the approach received by the Lexington county man, do what he did; Call the investigating agency on a phone number you have independently verified to check all the details the person provided and report the possible scam.
McCarty asked anyone with information about similar scams to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.