Columbia Officers Search for Alleged Police Impersonator


Columbia, SC (WOLO) - Police are looking into allegations that a man tried to impersonate a police officer to get his hands on a senior citizen's money.

The victim told officers the suspect approached his home on Oak Street Monday afternoon at around 2:30 p.m. and claimed to work for crime prevention.

The suspect, who said his name was "Ferguson", then proceeded to tell the victim he had information about drug activity in the area, specifically the victim's house, and that someone had hacked into the victim's account, stealing several thousand dollars.

He apparently offered the victim a ride to the bank to speak with an investigator, which the victim declined. When the victim asked for identification, the suspect left.

The suspect was last seen heading toward Greene Street in a light-colored Mercedes Benz.

If you have any information concerning this incident or any similar incidents, you're asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Columbia Police offers the following safety tips to protect yourself:

- If someone comes to your home, do not feel obligated to answer the door.
- If you feel uncomfortable, call 9-1-1.
- Do not invite strangers into your home.
- Do not discuss personal bank information with strangers.
- Do not give money to strangers.
- If someone claims to be in law enforcement, ask to see identification. If identification is not provided, call 9-1-1.
- Try to get a description of the suspect including any possibly vehicle information.
- Report suspicious activity to police immediately.
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