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Oconee Co. deputies warn of December phone scams

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The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office released the December 2016 scam update in order to inform and educate people on scams and how to not fall victim to them.

The Sheriff’s Office stated that they have been responded to calls from residents regarding an individual calling them and claiming to be from law enforcement, in particular the Sheriff’s Office, informing them that either they missed jury duty or they had outstanding warrants.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, on Nov. 28, a resident received a call from someone claiming to be a sergeant named Jerry Campbell from the Sheriff’s Office who informed the caller that they had missed jury duty and needed to pay a fine of a several amount of money.

They said the person claiming to be the officer told the victim that they could go to Walgreens and purchase a prepaid card to pay the fine, the victim then called law enforcement to confirm the veracity of the information, the Sheriff’s Office affirmed it was a scam. Deputies said, however, the victim informed that a call had already been made to the false officer and numbers from the card were given.

In another case, the Sheriff’s Office stated that a resident contacted them on Nov 29. to report that they had received a call from someone named Sgt. Gambrell claiming that he was from the warrants division.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies called to the number that was answered by a Sgt. Gambrell but the call was terminated after a deputy asked the false officer which agency he worked with. 

They stated the Sheriff’s Office does not have any employees with the name of Jerry Campbell or an employee with the last name of Gambrell.

The Anderson County Sheriff's Office indicated that they have received three similar calls from residents who indicate they have been contacted by someone named Sgt. Steve Jones. They said he claims to be an Anderson County deputy and states that he has a warrant for their arrest, due to missed jury duty. They stated the imposter offers to satisfy the warrant for a fee, paid via prepaid money cards.

The Sheriff's Office said its agency does not employ anyone by that name. 

“The Sheriff’s Office or any law enforcement agency will not call an individual and ask for money directly to excuse a lawfully obtained arrest warrant or to cover costs of tickets or to pay any type of fines.” sheriff's office spokesman Jimmy Watt said.

The Sheriff’s Office informed that they were also notified by dispatch in regard to a scam concerning victims being called from someone claiming to be from a technology company and needing access to the victim’s computer.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that if someone asks for payment via a prepaid card and/or an iTunes card, it is more than likely a scam, legitimate businesses do not require this as a payment for services.

They would also like to remind people to not allow anyone remote access to their computer without first calling the technology company to confirm the legitimacy of the request. 

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