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Upstate Sheriff's Office warns of increase in phone scams where caller claims to be sheriff's deputy

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The Greenville County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of an increase in phone scams.

Per the Sheriff's Office, there has been a significant increase in phone scams where the caller claims to be a sheriff's deputy. They said the caller proceeds to make a false claim about the citizen missing court or jury duty. The scammer then demands payment over the phone in order to avoid an arrest warrant.

Deputies say, many of the calls have a very “authentic feel” about them, even naming actual deputies by name. Some of them have an automated answering service so when a missed call is returned, a phony receptionist answers and directs the call, they said.

"Please take notice that the GCSO will NEVER make such phone calls involving a demand of request for money. We want to encourage residents to never give out personal information over the phone, with people they do not recognize. If they receive a phone call from an individual representing themselves as a Sheriff’s Deputy and requesting money, we ask that they hang up and call 271-5210 to file a police report."

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