Horry County Sheriff’s Office officials are warning the public about several phone scams reportedly happening in the area.
One con involves scammers posing as Internal Revenue Service agents telling people they have overdue or late taxes and that a warrant has been issued for their arrest. In this scam, those involved will have a lot of a target’s personal information. Scammers will ask for money or some type of gift card to pay for the warrant, authorities said.
Scammers will present themselves as a sheriff’s deputy and tell victims they failed to appear for a jury summons and a bench warrant has been issued for their arrest in another swindle. They will have a lot of personal information in this scam as well to sound convincing and will also ask for money or gift cards to pay for the warrant.
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In another scam, suspects will say they are an officer, detective, or sheriff’s deputy, and that they have arrested your grandchild or will pretend to be your grandchild. They’ll ask you to send them money or gift cards so they can release your grandchild on bond, police said.
Some callers may get angry when questioned and try to scare victims into paying.
HCSO officials said if you feel uncertain about a call, contact their office at 843-915-5450 to discuss it before taking action on the caller’s request.