ATLANTA, Ga. — The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office recently aided in the arrests of six defendants indicted for fraud that included targeting elderly citizens.
The PCSO, along with 19 other law enforcement agencies across the country, aided the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service, the Department of Homeland Security and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
“This case involves an alleged scheme to defraud victims, many of whom are elderly, out of their hard-earned savings,” said U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine. “It is a particularly egregious type of fraud that is becoming an all-too-common occurrence. It involves dishonest individuals around the world, including in the United States, scaring good people with lies and then cheating them out of their money.”
The six defendants were arrested for allegedly participating in a conspiracy to defraud victims in the United States, many of whom are elderly, and pretended to work for the United States government or represent a company. The scam would proceed as follows:
- The victim would receive a robocall recording or email message with a callback number that connected to the alleged scammers.
- When the victim would call, the scammer, posing as a government agency, would say the victim was in some sort of trouble, oftentimes pretending to be a Social Security Administration employee, saying the victims…