Law Enforcement Fundraising Scam
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is issuing an advisory today to our citizens regarding a law enforcement fundraising scam.
A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division spoke with a citizen today who stated that a caller asked her to donate to the Oconee, Pickens, Anderson Police Officers Fund. The caller attempted to solicit not only demographic information but also credit card and bank account information.
The deputy did a Google Search on the telephone number that was used to call the citizen and the number has been reported to the FBI robo number list, according to the deputy.
“Thankfully, the citizen did not provide any financial or personal identifying information to the caller,” says Master Deputy Jimmy Watt, Public Information Officer for the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. “We wanted to issue this advisory outside of our normal monthly scams update to make our citizens aware of this scam. After doing a Google Search, I could not locate an Oconee, Pickens, Anderson Police Officers Fund. If you receive a call from anyone claiming to represent this organization, hang up on them and do not provide any financial or personal identifying information. As always, the Sheriff’s Office recommends that if you have caller ID and do not recognize the number that is calling you, do not answer the call.”