An Aiken man said a suspect claiming to be a law enforcement officer tried to scam him out of money, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.


The 75-year-old victim said he received a call from a man claiming to be “Lt. O’Kelly” with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, according to an incident report. The caller said he worked in the warrants division, and that the victim had an active bench warrant on him because he didn’t show up for jury duty.


The suspect told the victim he would need to purchase a prepaid money card for $1,000, then give the suspect the numbers on the back so his bench warrant would be cleared, police said. The victim realized it was a scam and called the Sheriff’s Office to ensure he didn’t have warrants in his name.


While an Aiken Public Safety officer was present, the victim called the suspect back, and the suspect “got an attitude” when he realized he was speaking with law enforcement, police said.


Report: Scammer posed as sheriff’s deputy