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Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell is issuing a warning about a letter that an alleged scammer sent threatening property seizure if a hefty tax isn’t paid.

“These individuals are preying on the unsuspecting with what may seem a serious and complicated matter involving taxes here at tax time,” Ravenell said. “Be aware that this is fake and call us – we’re more than happy to make that call the letter demands.”

The letter indicates the recipient is in trouble with a tax enforcement agency if, in this instance, more than $17,000 isn’t paid.

The letter threatens property seizure or liens against the victim if the money isn't paid.

Ravenell further pointed out that when the number is called and the agency confronted, they hang up.

The Times and Democrat called the number on the letter. The person who answered said it’s not a scam and then hung up.

Ravenell said, “If you have any questions whatsoever, just call us first, we will make that call for you. But whatever you do, don’t send any money until you have any matter such as this verified.”

If you have any questions or a similar letter, please call 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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