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Con artist calls about false speeding ticket to collect cash

Police in Fort Mill, South Carolina, say that a scammer has been targeting local residents. Authorities say that the scam involves a fraudulent caller who is contacting individuals on the telephone and claiming to be from the Fort Mill Police collecting a fine.

At least 13 victims were contacted by an unnamed male caller on a recent Tuesday and Wednesday. According to a major from the Fort Mill Police Department, the caller tells victims that the individual violated a traffic offense. The caller reportedly told victims that they had been speeding, they were caught on a traffic camera device or that they failed to stop at a stop sign.

Alternatively, the caller told victims that they had failed to comply with a notice for jury duty or that a familial relative was arrested and in need of bond money. When asked to pay the fines or transmit the funds, victims were advised to buy a pre-paid credit card and put a specific dollar amount on it. They were then asked to send over the credit card numbers so funds could be transferred accordingly.

Police say that at least two of the individuals actually went through with the request. However, the rest of the victims got in touch with authorities before they took any action. At this time, investigators are trying to pinpoint who is making these calls in order to bring the person to justice and put a stop to the fraud.

Just like the fraud victims in this case were not in fact guilty of the alleged traffic violations the scammer told them they had committed, not all individuals in South Carolina who receive a speeding ticket are guilty of the crime. Indeed, no matter what the circumstance of your speeding ticket, individuals accused of such offenses may have viable and potentially effective legal defense strategies at their disposal, which they can employ in order to better their situation under the law.

Source: islandpacket.com, "Fort Mill police warn of phone scam" Nov. 13, 2014

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