The Florence County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public to be aware of a phone scam that is targeting people throughout the county, according to sheriff’s office officials.
Sheriff Kenney Boone said the caller will identify himself as a Florence County Sheriff’s deputy in the warrant division and advising people there is a warrant for their arrest for failure to appear for jury duty among other various reasons. The caller tells people that unless $500 is paid via a gift card with a specific PIN number they will be arrested and brought to the Florence County Detention Center.
Arrest warrants and bench warrants are issued by courts, not law enforcement, according to Boone. No amount of money paid to the deputy will result in an arrest warrant being lifted.
Boone said no sheriff’s deputy will ever tell someone that they can avoid an arrest by paying him or her in cash, or by purchasing something like a gift card. Any phone calls of this nature should be considered a scam.
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So far, investigators have determined that the caller is not making the calls from the Florence area and may not even be in the state.
Boone said if anyone has questions or information regarding the scam they should call the warrant division at the Florence County Sheriff’s Office at (843) 665-2121, extension 380.