Upstate law enforcement agencies warn of new phone scams

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Upstate law enforcement agencies are warning the public about new scam calls. 

The Anderson Police Department said a scammer is using a new tactic to scare people: Accusing victims of sexual misconduct. 

Detective Bradley Whitfield with the Anderson Police Department said in the past scammers have claimed to have a warrant.

“The last few days the calls are about sexual conduct with a minor… some sensitive information on your computer or on your phone,” Whitfield said. 

The caller says they’re a detective and calling from what appears to be the Anderson Police Department’s main line. 

“They’re spoofing our phone number,” Whitfield said. “Apps are readily available online to spoof a number. They’re using our number, but they’re leaving a third-party call back.”

Police don’t know who’s behind this. 

“You can go to any store and buy a cellphone and have any area code attached to it,” Whitfield said. “You can be in another country with a South Carolina area code. It’s very difficult for us to track.”

The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office is also warning about a caller trying to scam people out of money. They received the first reprort from a resident on Tuesday.

“She said that he said he was collecting money for a police organization and he wanted donations,” said Sgt. Jeff Graham with the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office. “She started questioning (the caller). She said he got irate, became nasty on the phone…and then she said she was calling to report it, and he hung up.”

After the sheriff’s office took to social media to warn people about the scam, several more people came forward. Graham said the phone number appears to be out of Gaffney, but it’s possible that number is also being spoofed. 

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