The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public once again about phone scams in which callers impersonate deputies in order to take money and information from them.
“Remember- LCSO will not call you about active warrants and ask you to pay a fine,” the LCSO said in a social media post. “These scammers will often ask you to obtain a gift card or another method of electronic transfer. When in doubt, call us!”
In its post, the LCSO identified several current phone scams:
Grandparent scam – Scammers pretend to be a grandchild and claim to be in dire financial need, asking to wire money or obtain a gift card.
Deputy impersonation – The caller poses as an LCSO deputy, even using the name of a real employee and stating that the person on the call has an active warrant. The call says that a fine must be paid to avoid jail time.
Jury Duty scam – The caller claims the person on the phone has not reported for jury duty and must pay a fine immediately in order to avoid arrest.
Anyone with questions or concerns about potential scams can call the LCSO at 864-984-4967.