As a new phone scam spreads across Augusta targeting fast food employees, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is advising them to take caution in sharing company information over the phone.
“Earlier this year and several times last year we’ve had a number of different phone scams where suspects were calling residents of Richmond and neighboring counties and impersonating judges locally,” Sgt. Shane McDaniel said Wednesday.
This scam is similar in which suspects pose as upper management to lure employees into giving personal information linking them to company funds.
“Once that suspect gets that number he or she has access to the funds and that’s it, the theft has occurred, the money is gone and that’s the scandal” McDaniel said.
The sheriff’s office advises employees to hang up on such calls, requiring for them to share the personal information, and contact their general manager, district manager or regional vice president.
“You will never be asked to leave the store with company funds, you will never be asked to buy a gift card or Green Dot card or wire money with company funds and law Enforcement/FBI/Police/IRS will never ask you to leave the store with company funds,” a news release from the sheriff’s office states.
Those who may have fallen victim to the scam can contact the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1000.