Man answers call with “Sheriff’s Department” greeting
An Oconee deputy dialed an 864 number and heard a man answer “Sheriff’s Department.” The deputy told that man he could be charged with impersonating an officer. The man uttered profanity and hung up. The deputy was suspicious when she got a cell call from someone claiming he was a “Sergeant Johnson from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.” The deputy provided her name and told the caller she worked for the sheriff’s office. At that, the caller hung up. This demonstrates, Master Deputy Jimmy Watt says, that even cops get scammer calls. Updated scam warnings from the sheriff’s office also include people who take money to work on driveways but never do the job and others who pose as power company reps warning their victims they jeopardize being disconnected.