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Crime Report - Oct. 16, 2013

Phone scam costs woman $18,000

Posted: October 15, 2013 5:35 p.m.
Updated: October 16, 2013 5:00 a.m.

An elderly Camden woman scammed out of $18,000 recently is not the first victim of a new phone scam in the area. Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd said scams and/or attempted phone scams happen at least once a week and are underreported.

In this case, the same company contacted the woman a second time to get information about another account, but the Camden woman’s family had already helped her secure her accounts. A representative of someone purporting to be from Publisher’s Clearing House contacted the woman asking her to purchase a Green Dot card, which is often used to scam people out of money, according to several previous incident reports.

Floyd said it’s important that the children and family of elderly citizens talk to their parents and loved ones about giving personal information over the phone. He said it is critical to let any elderly person know that they should never give out personal information over the phone, no matter who is calling. Many scams start out as a sales pitch, Floyd said, but then switch to asking for personal information.

He said people will give their personal information and later realize that their accounts have been completely wiped out or depleted. Embarrassment keeps some elderly people from reporting the incident, Floyd said. He said that, many times, these scams are run from outside the U.S., but does not mean a caller will sound any different than a next door neighbor. These kinds of scams are big business, he said, and, unfortunately, it is rare that any money is ever recovered. The only success stories in these kinds of situations happen when people refuse to give their information at all, Floyd said.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Oct. 7-13:

A Cassatt man allegedly threw a tire tool through the window of his former co-worker’s car in Camden. A company manager said the Cassatt man had gotten angry with a co-worker and walked off the job earlier the same day. The Cassatt man reportedly returned to retrieve a cell phone that he had left, when the manager saw the Cassatt man get the tire tool and approach the other employee’s car.

An intoxicated man reportedly left his juvenile stepson in an emergency room after the child injured his wrist at a local restaurant. The man had reportedly tried to take the child from the ambulance that was to transport them, but failed. Officers located the man walking toward Haile Street. They then called the child’s mother, took custody of the child.

Two men man with trespass notices against them from two different Camden retail stores tried to steal various items from each store.

Someone stole $165 from a Kershaw County School District school book fair.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with two drunkenness; and one vandalism of property, malicious injury real property and loitering.


A man was allegedly robbed at gunpoint by three men while driving on Mt. Zion and Winchester roads in Cassatt.

According to a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) report, when the man turned onto Winchester Road, three men in a white, two-door vehicle allegedly rear-ended him, forcing him off the road. The men all wore bandanas around their faces, according to the victim.

The three men allegedly got out of their vehicle, took out their handguns and demanded money. 

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Oct. 7-13:

Two juvenile students “trashed” a locker room at a high school by throwing helmets and shoulder pads onto the floor. The students also allegedly stole money from the ninth-grade football team and took one student’s ElitePad. One of the students allegedly took a students’ cell phone and destroyed it by stepping on it.

A Lugoff woman reported that she was sexually harassed and assaulted at her workplace soon after she started working at the location. The woman claimed she is now being denied unemployment because she quit the job, but said she quit because she couldn’t deal with the man’s advances.

Someone broke open a safe and stole an antique gun and ammunition in addition to a laptop computer and monitor, two TVs and a game system from a home on Brewer Springs Road, Camden.

A 52-year-old grandmother allegedly kicked her young grandson in the face causing him to hit the other side of his face on a nearby dresser.

An unknown man cashed a fraudulent money order for more than $1,000 at a Camden grocery store.

A Lexington man reported that his mother-in-law accidentally shot him while hunting in Lugoff.

A mom reported that her middle-school aged daughter had sex with her 18-year-old boyfriend.

Someone stole a battery charger from a Kershaw County fire department.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 13 larcenies; seven simple assaults; six vandalisms; three burglaries; two school disturbances and ATM/credit card fraud; and one DUI, stolen dog, stalking, using motor vehicle without consent; no driver’s license and an unregistered tag.

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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