Man Reportedly Calling, Posing As Police Officer

Phone Scam graphic
Phone Scam graphic

North Augusta, SC – The North Augusta Department of Public Safety (NADPS) has reportedly received calls referencing a man who is posing as an officer with the department.

Lieutenant Tim Thornton tells WJBF News Channel 6, the department has received several calls Monday and many more over the past weekend in reference to an unknown male calling people at home and stating he’s with the Warrants Division at NADPS.

Lt. Thornton says, the man’s “intent is to put an immediate fear of incarceration into the citizen’s head then quickly offer a remedy to keep the person out of jail”.

The scammer reportedly tells the citizen they must send money electronically to a location connected to NADPS to take care of the alleged warrant. This has also been reportedly occurring in Aiken over the last couple of weeks. Lt. Thornton says his department has also been told that the male has referred to himself as “Officer Ford” and “Officer Armstrong”.

Lt. Thornton says they have not heard of anyone falling victim to this scheme, yet.

NADPS urges everyone to use caution and seek a second opinion with their local law enforcement agencies for the authenticity of callers in situations like this.

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