Cherokee Co. Sheriff’s Office warn about scam calls

Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 7:35 PM EDT
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CHEROKEE CO., S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about an ongoing phone call scam.

The Sheriff’s Office said scammers will contact a person and tell them they have an outstanding arrest warrant or missed jury duty. The caller then tells the person they will be arrested if they don’t send money, gift cards, or meet immediately to pay the bond or fine.

The scammer identifies themselves as Captain Terry Abernathy, but deputies say there is no Capt. Abernathy who is employed at the Sheriff’s Office or with the Cherokee County government.

The scammer is also asking individuals to purchase preloaded debit or gift cards and provide him with the card and security code information to satisfy their warrant, court cost, or fine for missed jury duty.

The calls are coming from the following number: 864-808-7858.

If anyone is in need of assistance contact one these offices listed below:

  • Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-489-4722
  • Cherokee County Detention Center at 864-487-2529
  • Cherokee County Clerk of Court Office at 864-487-2571
  • Cherokee Magistrate Office at 864-487-2533