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Alert in Aiken County over Phone Scams


The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office wanted to alert everyone to on-going attempts to scam citizens out of money.

Alerts have been posted about callers attempting to obtain funds from citizens by telling them that they have missed jury duty or have outstanding fines that need to be paid immediately because of a pending warrant. Law Enforcement Agencies do not collect fines or fees over the phone.

Citizens should be aware that if you have any outstanding fines, you should pay them to the appropriate Court of Clerk Office directly or by mail. Anyone who is identifying themselves as a Law Enforcement Officer over the phone with the intention to collect money, victims should request all contact information and contact numbers from the person who is calling.

Here are a few tips to remember:

• Law Enforcement/government agencies will not contact you demanding immediate payment for outstanding fines/warrants

• Be cautious of giving out personal information over the phone

• Do not agree to any payment over the phone for a company/agency you are not familiar with

If anyone has any information about suspects, want to report calls of this type or any case, we encourage them to contact your 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 Crime Stoppers at (888) CRIME-SC (888-274-6372)

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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