COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens about a phone scam in which callers are using names of deputies.
Deputies say the scam callers are states a deputy within the department’s Civil Division has called and left a message for them and request a callback.
The civil division is responsible for serving court orders, evictions and the collection of judgments issued by courts.
Deputies say the division leaves professional notes for the person(s) informing them deputies have been by the premises.
According to Shalane Lowes with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, one victim told authorities the scammer stated the victim had missed Federal Court, and that there was a citation for contempt of court against them because of missing court.
In one of the cases, the scammer stated that the case was involving a sexual assault involving a child. However, there is no federal court in Walterboro. The scammer never asked for money because the victim questioned them regarding the federal court building.
If you or someone you know has experienced this type of phone scam you are asked to call the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office at 843-549-2211.