The FBI is warning South Carolinians about scammers impersonating law enforcement to steal money and identities of victims.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the US Attorney’s Office want to warn South Carolinians — particularly those in the Lowcountry and Pee Dee Region — to be aware of scammers impersonating law enforcement to steal money and identities of victims. 

Scammers pretending to be members of law enforcement have been making calls to targeted individuals using phone numbers that appear to come from a real local police department. The callers have provided information, such as real names and badge numbers of actual law enforcement officers, in order to gain the trust of their victims to steal money and identification.

These scammers sometimes research professional and personal information of the victim, on social media or other open-information sources, to gain trust or make their schemes more believable.

The information gathered by the scammer — such as failing to report for jury duty, failure to appear as an expert witness to a court hearing, or other offenses — is used against the victim to collect money with prepaid debit cards like GreenDot MoneyPak or gift…

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