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Greenville Co. Cop Impersonator Threatens Arrest, Demands Money

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Deputies say fake officers are calling people in the Upstate, threatening arrest and demanding cash. Deputies say fake officers are calling people in the Upstate, threatening arrest and demanding cash.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office says someone impersonating an officer from their department is calling people in the Upstate and threatening arrest if they don't pay up.

It's a problem we first told you about in August, but this is the first time a caller has impersonated a Greenville County Sheriff's deputy.

Christena Watkins was getting ready for work when she got the call.

“He says, 'I can send a police officer out and have you arrested now or you can pay $497.82.’” said Watkins.

He said he was Lt. Miller with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office and she missed a court date for a speeding ticket. Watkins said he demanded she pick up a prepaid debit card and call him back to pay up. She did.

“I kept thinking this is a policeman that's telling me that he's going to have me arrested. And that's the last thing I wanted, was to go to jail," said Watkins.

Greenville County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Drew Pinciaro said the department does not have a male Lt. Miller.

Pinciaro also said the phone number she called the impersonator back on is not a number associated with their department.

“If you can't believe a police officer, who can you believe?" said Watkins.

Deputies will never contact you for money on an unpaid ticket. If you do miss a court date for a traffic ticket, the judge's office might contact you. But it will be through the mail, not over the phone.

Watkins said, looking back, there were red flags. But hindsight won't put $500 back in her wallet.

“It really hurts me, but it's gone. I can't do anything about it. But maybe we can stop them," said Watkins.

She only hopes her story will prevent the fake cop's next target from getting duped.

Pinciaro said investigators are not sure how the impersonator is choosing his victims.

If you think you're getting a call from a fake cop, the first thing you should do is hang up. Then, call the agency the caller claims they're with and ask it they're for real.

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