July 29 – The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office warns citizens of persistent financial scammers.
These callers claim to be from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office or other government agencies and have called claiming that individual citizens have missed jury duty or have an outstanding fine that must be paid immediately due to a pending warrant as a ruse to request money from their victims, according to a Thursday press release from the Sheriff’s Office.
“Citizens need to be aware. Law enforcement officers and other government agencies do not request immediate payment or collection of fines or fees over the phone,” the press release said. “If a citizen is required to pay an outstanding fine, those fines must be paid directly to the appropriate registry or by post.”
Residents should not agree to make any payment over the phone to any company or agency they are not familiar with. According to the press release, citizens in general should be careful about giving their information over the phone.
However, if someone receives a call from one of these offenders claiming to be from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office or other government agency, residents are asked to obtain all contact information and phone numbers of the person calling.
In addition, if anyone has information about suspects, would like to report these types of calls, or any other matter, they are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency: Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at 803-648-6811; Aiken Department of Public Safety at 803-642-7620; North Augusta Department of Public Safety at 803-279-2121; or CrimeStoppers at 888-274-6372.