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Free flights sound good, but deputies warn of scam

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A passenger loads a carry-on bag into an overhead bin on an airplane. (File/FOX Carolina) A passenger loads a carry-on bag into an overhead bin on an airplane. (File/FOX Carolina)
PICKENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies warn Upstate residents to beware a mail scam that claims to offer recipients free flights.

Pickens County deputies said they have received complaints from citizens who received a letter saying they qualified for two round-trip airline tickets that deputies said is a scam.

The letters include urgent statements like, "We have attempted contacting you several times without success. This is our last attempt," according to deputies.

To get the award flights, recipients are urged to call a toll-free number where the victims then gives their credit card numbers to pay a "small" handling fee, which is the part of the scam deputies are warning the public about.

"Scams and flim-flam operations come in many forms, especially with the advancements in technology which have occurred in the past 15 years," said Sheriff David Stone.

Stone encourages recipients to contact law enforcement about any potential scam before "letting go of their hard-earned money."

"The old sayings that nothing in life is free, and if it's too good to be true then it probably is, are good rules for all of us to follow," said Stone.

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