Sheriff’s Office warns of scammers at rest stops

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC — The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office is warning motorists of scammers who prey on travelers at area rest stops.

Last week, a Lowcountry pastor filed a report stating a group of males are running a scam in which the victim is told that money is being given away by an individual.

The pastor said that on Nov. 4 he stopped at the I-26 eastbound rest area located near the 153 mile marker where one member of the scam team approached stating an individual had won the lottery and was giving away money.

When the pastor approached a group of men, of the men told him he would double any money the pastor gave to the man. When the pastor pulled out a substantial amount of money, a man in the group grabbed the cash. All of the men in the group then fled toward a brown motor home.

The OCSO warns that should anyone be approached by individuals claiming to be giving away money, call the OCSO immediately at 803-534-3550.

If anyone has any information on the scammers, they are asked to call the OCSO or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.


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