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Orangeburg County

Sheriff’s Office

Three people say they were victims of scams over the past month.

A 69-year-old Holly Hill woman had $5,000 stolen from her Farmers and Merchants bank account when she wrote a check to an individual she believed had fixed her computer, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

The woman said during the week of Oct. 8, she was contacted by a man named Joe who said he wanted to reimburse her $500 for a program he installed on her computer that no longer worked.

He asked the woman for her checking account number so he could deposit $500. Instead, he said he accidentally deposited $5,000.

The man asked the woman to withdraw the $5,000 and wrap it in paper, place it in a book and send it via FedEx to Tamarac, Florida.

She thought the request was strange, but did it anyway, the report said.

Twelve days after the package was received in Florida, the woman was contacted by a Florida detective informing her about the scam. She learned $5,000 was stolen from her account.

Orangeburg County deputies have not been able to reach the Florida detective.

In another scam, a 62-year-old Orangeburg man said he was contacted by unknown individuals stating he won $7.5 million and a 2006 Buick Enclave.

The people told the man he needed to pay fees in order to claim his prizes, the report states.

The victim said he was then instructed by a female to mail two checks in the amount of $9,000 each to a San Antonio, Texas address. The victim said he was then called by another female who told him to send another check for $9,000 to a Thomasville, Georgia address.

The victim said he was told the checks would not be cashed before he received his prizes.

The man said he mailed all three checks but knew he did not have the sufficient funds, according to the report.

The victim said his bank, Edisto Federal Credit Union, advised him not to write any more checks from his bank account and to open up a new account.

In the third report, a 54-year old Orangeburg man said on Nov. 6 he spoke with someone he believes to be a female subject through Facebook messenger who asked him several times over a 12-hour period for money.

The man said he sent her a Google play gift card for $50 and a $500 Amazon gift card. The man said the Google gift card was for the woman's cell phone to be repaired and the Amazon gift cards were for a plane ticket, the report states.

The man says the woman stopped communicating with him once she got the gift cards and that he no longer sees her Facebook page.

In separate incident, an adult woman who is mentally disabled reported being sexually assaulted on Tuesday night by a relative.

The woman's mother took her to the Regional Medical Center to be examined. She said her daughter will be moved to a different location.

The incident is pending further investigation.

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Staff Writer

Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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