Pawleys Island man falls victim to phone scam

  • Friday, April 25, 2014

Granny Scam victim

An 82-year-old Pawleys Island man fell victim to what is called the “granny scam.”

The man said he received a call April 15 from someone claiming to be his grandson. The caller said he had been arrested on drug charges in Mexico.

The victim said the caller sounded like his grandson. He said he then spoke with someone who identified himself as Officer Heart who said he works for the U.S. Embassy. He said the man needed to send money to bond his grandson out of jail.

The victim told a deputy he went to Bi-Lo in Litchfield and wired $1,250 to Mexico City.

Later in the day he received another call from “Officer Heart” who said the man’s grandson needed more money to hire a lawyer.

He then went to Food Lion and wired another $980, the report states.

The next morning the victim received a third call saying more money was needed to pay for his “grandson’s” community service.

It was at this point the man got suspicious so he called the U.S. Embassy and was told there was no Officer Heart working for the organization.

He then called his daughter and was told his grandson was in school and was never in Mexico.

Man robbed in MI

An 18-year-old Murrells Inlet man said he was attacked and robbed April 15.

The man – who was at the Waccamaw Community Hospital emergency room when he met with a deputy – said he was walking on Old Kings Highway near Turntable Road when three suspects pushed him from behind.

They then attacked him and took $5 from his wallet. They then threw his wallet down and left the area.

The man said he was “dazed” by the attack and did not get a good look at the suspects.

A/C taken from church

A member of Sampit Methodist Church on Saints Delight Road reported the air conditioning/heat units from the church were stolen.

The theft was discovered when church members were hiding Easter eggs behind the building.

They said tracks behind the church looked like they came from a truck belonging to a man they know. They said the man has stolen from the church previously and has broken into a house next to the church.

They said the man has been seen hanging around the church cemetery late at night.

A deputy spoke with the wife of the man said he has not been out of her sight and did not go to the cemetery.

On the night the units were taken, the man was with his wife the entire time, she told a deputy.

The value of the units is $9,600. Also taken was a $100 grill.

They even took the sink

A woman from the 400 block of Greentown Road reported a vacated house she owns was burglarized.

The woman said the thieves took the kitchen sink, a pedestal for the bathroom sink and a metal fireplace.

The house appears to have been empty for quite a while because the ceiling was falling and mildew and mold was growing on the walls.

The woman said the house has been burglarized previously and reports were filed in those cases.

Stolen package

A woman from the 1500 block of Aviation Blvd. reported a package she received from Fingerhut was stolen from her front porch.

She said the box contained a Playstation 4, valued at about $500.

After not seeing the package when it was supposed to arrived, she called the company and it was confirmed it had been delivered April 7.

There are no suspects.

Stolen copper

More than $1,400 worth of copper electrical wires were reported stolen from a house under construction in the 1600 block of Wachesaw Road in Murrells Inlet.

The owner of the construction company said everything was OK at the end of the workday April 14 hut the wire was gone the next day.

Information is subject to change as the investigation proceeds. Individuals arrested and/or charged have not been convicted.

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