DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Potential crooks are working to become more clever when it comes to the types of scams they try to run, and are now telling several businesses that an employee is in jail and needs bail money.
Capt. Andy Locklair with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office said the scammers have called some local businesses and asked for the manager. When the manager gets on the phone, the scammer tells them they are with the county sheriff's office, but doesn't say which county they are with.
The scammer goes on to say they have an employee of the business locked up in jail and charged with DUI, and they need nearly $2500 to get out.
According to Locklair, the scammer won't tell the manager the employee's name, because the employee has conveniently been in an accident and their identity can't be released due to the HIPAA law. But if the manager will name someone who isn't at work that day, the scammer will gladly tell them if they are correct.
So, when the manager mentions a name, the scammer will confirm that's the person they have in custody.
"I have had a few businesses call me about this, and at this time there are no reports of anyone paying any money to this person," Sheriff Wayne Byrd said. "This office would never call anyone asking for money to get someone out of jail, it's not our policy to do that."
Anyone who receives a phone call like this should contact their local law enforcement agency.