UNION Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Union County Sheriff David Taylor is warning residents after people received bogus calls from scammers spoofing the sheriff’s office phone number and threatening to jail people.
Sheriff Taylor said in a news release that scammers called several people on Friday to say they failed to show up for court and if they wanted to stay out of jail they needed to purchase hundreds in Money Pak cards and give the numbers off the back of the cards to the caller.
Victims were warned that if they didn’t buy $1,500 worth of Money Pak cards and give the numbers to the caller, they would be arrested and immediately taken to jail.
Taylor says the sheriff’s office notifies people in person if they fail to show up for court.
“These scammers know a lot about you and may even know your occupation or have information about your family. The scammers have many different sources they can obtain information about you such as social media and information that was hacked from other sources. If you should receive a call of this nature, hang up immediately and call 911,” Sheriff’ Taylor said.