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Crime Report - Oct. 3, 2012

Phone scammer impersonating KCSO

Posted: October 3, 2012 9:23 a.m.
Updated: October 3, 2012 5:00 a.m.


In recent weeks, at least one Kershaw County resident reported receiving several telephone calls from someone claiming they were from the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO). The caller advised the resident that the KCSO had warrants for her arrest for bad checks and that she needed to send money to clear up the situation.

The resident’s caller ID device even indicated that the phone call came from the KCSO. However, it was not, said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. Matthews said KCSO investigators have determined the calls were actually coming from outside South Carolina, but made to look as though they came from the KCSO through a method known as “spoofing.” Investigators also advised the sheriff that similar scams have taken place in other South Carolina counties.

Matthews is warning county residents not to send money to anyone claiming to be from the KCSO. He asked that residents get the caller’s name and return number and contact the KCSO immediately.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Sept. 24-Oct.1:

Someone stole a designer purse and matching wallet, prescription eye glasses, checkbook and debit cards from a car parked on Mauser Drive, Lugoff.

A juvenile and his girlfriend allegedly took sheets, towels, ash trays, a coffee pot and pillows from a hotel room they were staying in Lugoff.

Someone ransacked a home on Watson Street, Elgin, and stole a jewelry box containing an estimated $3,000 worth of jewelry and $200 cash.

Someone stole an engraved iPod, financial information, clothing and hunting gear from the back of a truck parked on Lander Lane, Lugoff.

Someone stole several identification cards, credit cards, a cell phone and jewelry from a car parked on Remington Drive, Lugoff.

A Lugoff woman’s former daughter-in-law allegedly obtained a $6,000 student loan on the Internet with the victim’s information.

Someone set fire to a boat and spray painted a Ford Expedition in the yard of a residence on Swampy Creek Road, Cassatt.

Someone took $5 in dimes, a cell phone charger and a car ramp form a vehicle on Crestmont Street, Camden.

Someone stole a laptop, a cell phone and a cell phone charger from a car parked on St. Andrew’s Way, Elgin.

A woman hired to clean a home on Oak Street, Lugoff, allegedly stole $80 in change and a gold wedding band.

A 78-year old man was caught touching himself inappropriately in a Lugoff fast food restaurant.

Someone stole a briefcase containing a cell phone and keys from a hotel room in Elgin.

Someone stole $1150 worth of tools and electronics from a home on Highway 1, Lugoff.

Someone stole an axle and two end tables from a home on Water Tower Road, Elgin.

Someone stole a $8,000 wedding ring set from a home on Ginko Trail, Ridgeway.

Someone stole a laptop and a TV from a residence on Jones Road, Kershaw.

An Elgin man wrote more than $400 in bad checks to an Elgin gas station.

Someone stole an air conditioning unit from a home on Deer Run, Elgin.

Someone stole $800 in jewelry from a home on DeLoach Street, Camden.

Someone shot a car window on Yorkshire Drive, Lugoff, with a BB gun.

Someone wrote more than $250 in bad checks to a Camden business.

Someone stole a game system from a home on Cook Road, Lugoff.

Someone bought a counterfeit pack of collectible cards for $5,500.

Someone stole a gun from a home on Galloway Road, Camden.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 31 assaults; 10 larcenies; nine intimidation; eight vandalism; seven disorderly conduct;  four burglary; three simple marijuana, death and DUI; two missing persons, disturbing school, obtaining goods or money under false pretenses, forcible rape and open container; and one impersonation, harassment, credit card fraud, counterfeiting/forgery, fondling, drunkenness, open container, driving under suspension, stolen property offenses, failure to register as a sex offender.


A Cassatt man said he was scammed out of $345 when he tried to take out a loan via telephone through a company called AmeriLoan.

According to  a Camden Police Department (CPD) report, the AmeriLoan representative told the man to buy a Green Dot money card and send them the code to cover transaction fees. The AmeriLoan representative told the Cassatt man that, due to technical difficulties, he would need to go to a Western Union site in Camden. Once the man got there, however, the representative told the man to send another $480 to “cover the transaction.” The employees at the Western Union site told the Cassatt man to file a report with the CPD.

According to the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) website, the BBB has given AmeriLoan an “F” rating, and noted that there is government action against the business.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Sept. 24-Oct. 1:

An Elgin woman gave CPD officers a fake name after they arrested her for trying to steal two pairs of jeans, two shirts, a cutting board, a water bottle, a “to-go” lunch and a lunch bag set.

Someone stole a vehicle then crashed it after they ransacked a home and stole approximately $1,500 worth of materials from a residence on Campbell Street.

Someone stole $10 from a man’s wallet while he was taking a shower in a residence on Tucker Street.

Two employees at a Camden fast food restaurant made three attempts to charge $457.84 to a Lugoff woman’s debt card.

A 15-year-old got a garden tool and busted a window at his home, after his mother woke him up for school.

Someone stole $169 in quarters from a vacuum machine at a gas station on Broad Street.

Someone impersonated a customer at a bank in Camden and withdrew $480.

Someone stole $450, jewelry and tools from a residence on Chestnut Street.

Someone stole $5,000 from a zip lock bag in a residence on Roberts Street.

Someone cashed a fraudulent check for $390 at a Camden grocery store.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with six assaults; three  vandalism; two theft from building; and one disorderly conduct, stolen tag, DUS, gas drive-off, disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Incident reports are provided by the Camden Police Department and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and are a matter of public record under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. If the C-I makes a mistake, it will correct it upon verification with the appropriate law enforcement agency. Readers are cautioned that other individuals may have similar or identical names as those contained in incident reports. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.



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