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Scammers Tie Up Phone Lines of County Government

web posted July 12, 2014

EDGEFIELD Scammers began tying up the main phone lines of the Edgefield County Administration Office on Wednesday with the calls continuing into Thursday. The name used for the point of contact was an employee of the Voter's Registration Office, which is listed on the county website. On Wednesday, an estimated 200 calls or more persisted for hours tying up several of the incoming lines of the Administration Office, but also spread to Elected Officials.

At times, two or more of the incoming lines were tied up with the same caller at the same time, preventing actual incoming calls from citizens getting through. An investigator from the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office responded to the office and documented numerous calls and even answered some himself, only to be hung up on by the caller.

Calls were also reported coming in during the same time period to the Probate Court and the Clerk of Court's Offices.

The calls are believed to be coming from offshore and the caller speaks in an Indian accent speaking English.

A county resident, also living in Edgefield, reported receiving similar calls, however; in his report the person requesting credit card and personal information began making threats such as, "we have people on list and they do some f***** up s*** to people" and asked how the resident would feel if someone burned his house down while he was inside.

Edgefield Daily was at the County Administration Office on Wednesday and observed dozens of calls, often at the same time, filling up the lines on the switchboard in a matter of a few minutes.

All of the reported callers are requesting payment for an outstanding bill. However, none of the calls to government office contained threats that we are aware of. An incident report filed by the county to the Sheriff's Office was not made available on Friday.


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