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Posted on: June 9, 2022

FRAUD ALERT: person(s) impersonating SBPD members over phone

SBPD FRAUD ALERT

We have learned someone is “spoofing” Surfside Beach Police Department phone numbers attempting to fraudulently solicit money.
The caller or callers are impersonating members of our police department and claiming to inform people they have a contempt of court warrant issue that can be resolved with a payment over the phone.
The calls are made to appear as though they are coming from a legitimate Surfside Beach Police Department phone number.

The Town of Surfside Beach Police Department does not directly collect fines.
Additionally, the Town does not accept payment over the phone.
If you are contacted over the phone by someone claiming to be with the Town of Surfside Beach Police Department attempting to collect a payment, please disregard it.
Please notify the Surfside Beach Police Department if you receive or have received similar calls.

Here are some tips to help keep you from becoming a fraud victim:
* Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email.
* Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
* Stay private. Regularly update privacy settings for social media sites. Scammers often make their stories more believable by trolling for personal information on Facebook, Twitter, and similar sites.
* Utility companies and government agencies will never contact you for payment by GreenDot, MoneyPak, or Vanilla Reload.
* Remember that anyone who has the number on a prepaid card has access to the funds on your card
* Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to a stranger.

The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs has a webpage dedicated to information and resources available to protect consumers. Information can be found by visiting https://consumer.sc.gov/identity-theft-unit/scams.

For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Scam Alert website www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts.

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