“Watch as Sheriff’s Sergeant Exposes Phone Scammer in Hilarious Video”

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Sheriff’s Sergeant Turns the Tables on Phone Scammer in Hilarious Video

A phone scammer in South Carolina got a taste of his own medicine when a sheriff’s sergeant decided to play along and record the whole interaction. The video, posted on social media by the York County Sheriff’s Office, shows Sgt. Kevin Casey dialing a number provided by a local resident who had been targeted by the scammer. The scammer had already reached out to at least five potential victims, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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Sgt. Kevin Casey dials a would-be scammer who was impersonating him on Jan. 5, 2024. (York County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful)

The scammer had been contacting people and claiming to be Sgt. Kevin Casey, telling them that they needed to get in touch about pressing legal matters. In the video, Casey calls the scammer and pretends to be a potential victim. The scammer pauses to look up Casey’s account and then hangs up. Casey calls again, only to be hung up on once more.

Not one to be deterred, Sheriff Kevin R Tolson leaves a voicemail for the scammer, letting him know that he’s been caught and should quit his illegal activities. Shortly after, the number used by the scammer is disconnected.

The Sheriff’s Office takes this opportunity to remind the public that they will never ask for money over the phone. If there are any pressing matters that need to be addressed, an officer will be sent in person with the necessary documentation.

Protecting Yourself from Phone Scams

Phone scams like the one experienced by Sgt. Kevin Casey and the residents of York County are unfortunately common. Scammers use various tactics to trick people into giving them money or personal information. Here are a few tips to protect yourself:

  • Be skeptical of unsolicited calls: If you receive a call from someone you don’t know, especially if they’re asking for money or personal information, be cautious. Scammers often use high-pressure tactics to create a sense of urgency.
  • Verify the caller’s identity: If someone claims to be from a reputable organization or company, ask for their name and contact information. Then, independently verify their identity by calling the official phone number of the organization or company.
  • Don’t give out personal information: Be wary of anyone asking for your Social Security number, bank account details, or other sensitive information over the phone. Legitimate organizations will not ask for this information over the phone.
  • Report suspicious calls: If you believe you have received a scam call, report it to your local law enforcement agency or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Providing information about the call can help authorities track down and stop scammers.

By staying vigilant and following these tips, you can protect yourself from falling victim to phone scams. Remember, if something seems too good to be true or feels suspicious, it’s better to err on the side of caution. Don’t let scammers take advantage of you!