On July 10, a 69-year-old man told Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jeremy Nash he had been contacted by a man calling himself Charles Foster, who accused the victim of Social Security fraud.
“Foster” reportedly told the victim that U.S. Marshals were coming to arrest him, but the victim could avoid arrest if he sent Foster gift cards totaling $3,000.
“(The victim) stated that in his fear he did so without thinking about the possibility that it was a scam,” Nash stated in his report. “(The victim) stated that they then contacted him again asking for another $2,000, which he was unable to send them, and he has had no other contact.”
Foster had called from the number (843) 631-7090, which is an eastern South Carolina area code.
When the victim tried calling that number back, it had been disconnected.
Sheriff Ronnie Lawson has warned the public that law enforcement will never call people demanding money over the phone, nor will police call a person prior to making an arrest.
Anyone who receives a call of this nature from someone asking you to send money, especially gift cards, should not do so.
Call your local law enforcement agency or 911 first and ask for help in determining if the caller is legitimate.