Watch out for these new scams

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OCONEE Co., SC (WSPA) – The Oconee Co. Sheriff’s Office is warning you about some scam they are hearing about in August. Some of them we had not heard of before now.


An online ad tells the victim would be paid monthly for having a soft drink decal on their vehicle.

The victim would be sent a check that was supposed to be for a car specialist that would help in getting the car detailed.

The victim cashed the check and was told to send most of the money to an out-of-state address.

“One of the surest signs that we see in regards to scams is someone who receives a check, is asked to deposit or cash that check and then they are asked to send some of the money to someone else, usually out of state.  If you do this, it is a pretty sure bet that you will have to pay your bank or financial institution back due to the fact that the check is no good and your account balance will be in the negative,” said Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt.  


A caller says they are from an internet service provider that is closed and that the person is owed money back. 

They caller said they would deposit money in their account, but need account information.

They say a check of an amount greater than the refund was placed into the account. They tell the victim to take money out of the account for the remaining balance, put it on a gift card.


A letter was sent by someone claiming to be a Financial and Security Institute in Barcelona, Spain.

The letter said a large sum of money was abandoned in a safety deposit vault belonging to a foreign customer that shared your last name. Allegedly the vault holder and family died in a car accident in 2008.  The writer said the funds can be released to a possible inheritor.

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