NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – North Augusta residents are among the latest to be targeted by phone scammers posing as law enforcement officers.
The North Augusta Department of Public Safety says a scammer is making their calls look like they’re coming from the agency’s phone number.
The scammer tells the would-be victim that they have warrants with the city and should pay a fine using a gift card.
The agency says neither it nor any other law enforcement agency will ever call and ask for payments over the phone or using gift cards.
North Augusta is not alone. Many law enforcement and government agencies across the country, including the IRS, have been the subject of this type of scam.
Often, victims are told they’ve missed jury duty or owe taxes.
Sometimes scammers ask them to wire money, but more often they’re told to provide money by buying a one-use or reloadable debit card and reading out the card number over the phone.