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Richland County Sheriff’s Department


Sheriff Warns Citizens of Phone Scams Involving the IRS

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the Richland County Sheriff’s Department continues to handle complaints from citizens who are getting calls from scammers. The Sheriff stated that the suspects behind this are ramping up their efforts again to steal your hard earned money.   

The Sheriff reminds citizens that the Internal Revenue Service will not call your home and pressure you into sending them money on Green Dot cards or any variation thereof. It’s unfortunate that we are unable to stop the calls you receive, but you don’t have to stay on the phone and listen to the harassment; hang up and alert law enforcement immediately. The Sheriff says it is important to remember, the IRS will not call and threaten to send a deputy to your home if you do not comply with their demands to send money.

Sheriff Leon Lott says do not give out your personal information over the phone if you are unsure who you are actually speaking to, criminals are seeking it for fraudulent intent. The Sheriff added that some of these criminals are pretty good at convincing you into believing in what they say; DON”T BE FOOLED! Always verify, hang up and call the official number for any State agency that may be calling you about something you are not familiar with.  

Sheriff Leon Lott also warns of scams that are specifically targeting our precious elderly, family members should always check to make sure our seniors are not getting caught up in such scams. The Sheriff adds that senior citizens can fall prey and become embarrassed to tell anyone about how much money they’ve lost to these criminals, or get so involved that they truly believe the scammers and get taken over and over again. Stay alert, protect your family members!  

The Sheriff reminds citizens to be aware of these scams and the techniques used to steal your money:    

·       beware of phone calls or letters claiming that you have won the lottery or sweepstakes

·       beware of phone calls claiming they are the IRS

·       beware of phone calls claiming they are law enforcement collecting money

·       be suspicious of any call asking for money

The Sheriff cautions all citizens to be careful; anyone calling you and asking you for money may not be legitimate and are probably out to steal your money. The Sheriff states that Richland County Sheriff’s Department investigators will continue the efforts to arrest those responsible for fraud. If you have any information to assist with solving these types of crimes, please call, email, or text your anonymous tip to: Crimestoppers at 1-888-crimesc, or text “TIPSC plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).


September 13, 2016

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Columbia, South Carolina 29223 
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