Residents warned of check scam
RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) — Richland County residents are being warned about an individual posing as an official with the Sheriff’s Department. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says someone is calling unsuspecting victims telling them they will be arrested for writing fraudulent checks. The suspect then allegedly places a three-way call to the Richland County Sheriff‘s Department headquarters requesting the arrest of the victim on fraudulent check charges, officials say. The call continues with the victim after the suspect hangs up from the Sheriff’s Department. The victim is then given directions on how to wire money to the suspect in an attempt to steal the victim‘s money, authorities say. Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com. You can also text information in by texting “TIPSC” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.