Phone Scam Targeting SC Residents

YORK COUNTY, SC–  The York County Sheriff’s Office is warning people of a reported phone scam.

Authorities claim one potential victim received a call from a ‘well-spoken’ individual with a well prepared speech, and asked for money to support the York Fire Department.

After contacting the York Fire Department, authorities determined that no one had been authorized to solicit funds for the department.

Deputies are warning people of these possible scams and are encouraging people to use these tips when encountering solicitors.

• Don’t react too quickly, scammers may use high pressure tactics and will give hardship or “sob” stories about how their organization is dire need of donations.
• You have the right to do research on a charity before ever donating money to the organization.
• The caller refuses to provide detailed information about its identity, mission, costs, and how the donation will be used.
• The caller won’t provide proof that a contribution is tax deductible.
• The caller may often times use a name that closely resembles that of a better-known, reputable organization.
• The caller will thank you for a pledge you don’t remember making.
• Uses high-pressure tactics like trying to get you to donate immediately, without giving you time to think about it and do your research.
• Asks for donations in cash, pre-paid cards or asks you to wire money.
• If you have any doubt about the legitimacy of a caller, hang up immediately and call your local law enforcement agency