A copy of the fake arrest warrant deputies say one victim received. (Source: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Spartanburg County deputies are warning the public of a scam where fake officers call victims claiming they have active arrest warrants unless they wire them money.
Deputies said they have received two recent reports about the scam and in one case, the victim paid the caller several hundred dollars.
According to the incident report, the caller claimed to be a state processor and said the victim had three warrants against her related to a five-year-old payday loan.
Deputies said when the victim returned the call as requested, the man on the other end of the line claimed to work for the financial crimes division in Columbia and gave her a four-digit badge when she asked for it.
The scammer told the woman she owed $1,485.96 in restitution that day or she would be arrested, and she could face paying $18,000 cash bond and 85 months in jail, the report stated.
The woman sent a little more than $595 via money gram to an account allegedly connected to a warrants processing division in Columbia, deputies said. Two days later she called the number back for documentation to verify what she was told and the caller said he did not have to share that with her, deputies said.
That is when the caller told her he'd rescind the payment arrangement and she should expect to be arrested that day, the report stated. The woman filed a complaint with Money Gram and learned the account she wired the money to was based in New York not Columbia, so she filed the report with the sheriff's office, deputies said.
Another victim did not pay the scammer or file a police report but did pass along the fake arrest warrant she was given, deputies said.
Deputies said legitimate arrest warrants are never handled over the phone and the public is never asked to wire or send money to law enforcement to settle an outstanding arrest warrant.
They urge anyone who is contacted in a similar manner to notify the supervisor of the Sheriff's Office Fraud Unit, Sgt. Tony Brown at 864-503-4509.
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