HCSO: Caller posing as deputy, threatening citizens with arrest

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Citizens have reported to the Horry County Sheriff's Office that someone is calling, identifying themselves as a deputy sheriff or other representative, and trying to collect on a debt.

During these calls, the caller says they are calling in regards to a debt that is owed, or a financial matter, in an attempt to get the citizen to give them their credit card number or personal information, according to a news release from the Horry County Sheriff's Office.

The caller threatens the citizen with arrest, and says a deputy is on the way with a warrant if they don't pay up immediately, according to the release.

The Horry County Sheriff's Office advises that debt collection and financial agreements are a civil matter in South Carolina, not criminal, and the HCSO would never ask for credit card information or social security numbers over the phone.

"We urge residents to call our office anytime if they have questions or concerns regarding the validity of anything that the Horry County Sheriff's Office is involved in," officials stated. "Our phone number is 843-915-5450."

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