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Augusta man conned by phony deputy

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 5:21 PM
Last updated 7:45 PM
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Police say an Augusta man was conned out of more than $426 on Friday by someone impersonating a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy.

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Derwin Mitchell, of Breeze Hill Road, said he received a call about 4:30 p.m. from someone who identified himself as Lt. Anthony John­son of the sheriff’s office’s warrants division, a police report states. The caller said he had a warrant for Mitch­ell’s arrest for skipping jury duty.

Mitchell was told that he could pay a fine by phone and not go to jail. Mitchell said he was asked to put $426.13 on a Green Dot MoneyPak card and call back with the card number.

After buying the card and calling back to pay the phony fine, Mitchell said, he called one more time to confirm the warrant was removed. The suspect did not answer, according to the report.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/18/14 - 09:32 pm
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Oh, yeah

Police ask for payment by green dot card or Western Union all the time. Not. How could anyone fall for this??? Next best thing to sending money to Nigeria.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 01/19/14 - 12:12 am
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Darby
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Darby 01/19/14 - 12:47 am
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bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 01/19/14 - 01:40 am
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They are among us indeed.

They are among us indeed.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 01/19/14 - 07:51 am
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How did he know about the skipping?

He didn't.. People panic and don't think it through. These people who do this are some of the best sales people you've ever imagined. Had the man called the published number for the Sheriff's Dept. he would have found out very quickly that it was a scam...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/19/14 - 08:27 am
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Yep...experts at fooling folks

We get calls every week....unbelievable the lengths they go to trick the innocent.....they haven't tried this one on us though..

SJL1204
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SJL1204 01/19/14 - 08:30 am
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Sad

Sadly another person scammed. I wish the AC would have reported the man's age that was scammed. That might explain how this happened.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/19/14 - 08:47 am
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To SJL1204

Report his age? I'm over 70 and will take you on in any mental challenge you like any day of the week. Bring it on, Sonny!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/19/14 - 09:09 am
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dixieman :)

You make me proud to be on medicare...haha

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/19/14 - 11:28 am
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Everyone knows the adage: “If

Everyone knows the adage: “If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.” So, why, then, do some people fall for scams and why are older folks especially prone to being duped?

http://now.uiowa.edu/2012/08/why-are-elderly-duped-ui-researchers-explai...

Darby
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Darby 01/19/14 - 12:53 pm
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"Bring it on, Sonny!"

I agree... gotta wonder why ageism is SO prevalent in today's society.

Yes, geriatrics tend to be a bit more prone to fall for some of the scams out there but on the other hand, some folks in their eighties and nineties are as sharp as they were in their twenties and have a lot more experience to help make critical decisions.

Another reason that confidence men (Or women, let's be fair here.) Got after the older citizens is for the same reason Willie Sutton reportedly said he robbed banks, "That's where the money is."

Why try to rip off a young guy who is struggling to pay his 'phone bill when there is so much cash sitting around in the bank accounts of seniors?

Thinking folks look at the individual rather than jump to conclusions.

SJL1204
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SJL1204 01/19/14 - 01:34 pm
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Dixieman

Dixieman you misunderstood my intent. I have relatives in there late 80's totally with it. The point being they would know if they had skipped jury duty. This made me think it might be an elderly victim possibly with some dementia.By your posts I know you are totally alert and oriented.

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Truth Matters 01/19/14 - 06:00 pm
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Don't be so quick to laugh at

Don't be so quick to laugh at those scammed. Bernie Madoff left lots of financial carnage. And they were not all the village idiot.

Darby
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Darby 01/20/14 - 12:08 am
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"And they were not all the village idiot."

No, but Bernie saw them that way. And they probably did too, after the hammer came down on Bernie and they saw the light.

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myfather15 01/20/14 - 07:08 am
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People are scammed every

People are scammed every single day! It's very sad but very avoidable!! Always remember, no matter WHO calls, or who they claim to be with; tell them you will call them back and hang up!! DO NOT take the call back number from them!! Find it yourself and call them back.

Recently worked one where scammer called saying they were from Verizon and the victim's bill was overdue. The victim gave them ALL the information on their Verizon account, including login and password for Verizon.com. Then paid with his debit card, giving the suspect his debit card number, expiration and PIN from the back, because he THOUGHT he was paying his Verizon bill.

Needless to say, the suspect order $700.00 worth of phones and accessories from Verizon.com and had it shipped to Texas. Then the suspect had a VERY good time and got lots of merchandise using his debit card.

This victim should have hung up the phone and dialed Verizon directly. People just don't think!!

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