FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Reports of a telephone hoax have circulated in Florence County.
The following post was issued by the Florence County Sheriff's Office:
Florence County Sheriff's Office has received several calls over the past week regarding a telephone scam. The scam goes like this: The caller represents himself as a Florence County Sheriff's Deputy in the Warrant Division advising the answerer that there is a warrant for their arrest for failure to appear for jury duty, or some other reason, and unless $500.00 or some other amount is paid immediately, the answerer will be arrested and brought to the Florence County Detention Center. The caller then instructs the answerer to go to a local pharmacy or other business and purchase a gift card in the appropriate amount with a specific PIN number and the arrest warrant will be lifted.
One thing you can count with certainty; no deputy with Florence County Sheriff's Office will ever tell you that you can avoid arrest by paying him or her cash or by purchasing anything, especially a gift card. If you receive such a call, it is without question, a scam.
Arrest warrants and bench warrants are issued by courts, not by law enforcement. And if there truly is a warrant for your arrest, law enforcement MUST affect the arrest, unless the warrant is earlier lifted by a judge. No amount of money paid to the deputy will result in the warrant being lifted. FCSO is not a collection agency for the court.