Callers claiming to be law enforcement demanding money

Scam Alert graphic
Scam Alert graphic

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) — The S. C. Law Enforcement Division is warning the public about a scam involving chatrooms.

Spokesman Thom Berry says the callers identifying themselves as SLED Chief Mark Keel or other special police officers demanding money to drop an investigation into the person meeting someone in internet chatrooms, sharing inappropriate messages or photographs with that person later identified as a minor.

The scammers lurk in chatrooms posing as an adult. After getting the unsuspecting person’s contact information and exchanging inappropriate communications or photographs, the scammer later calls claiming to be Sled Chief Mark Keel or another special police officer.

We’re told a message is then delivered that the “adult” is actually a minor and that the child’s “father” would call at a specified time to arrange for payment to be made to have the investigation and planned arrest dropped.

Berry says, “No such tactics is ever used by SLED or other legitimate law enforcement agency. It is an effort to extort money from people.”

If you receive this type of call, hang up immediately and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission here.

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