York Co. Sheriff’s Office warns about holiday scans

Posted December 6, 2018 1:41 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News, News

First came Tyler Perry, then York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson, now country music star Dierks Bentley. An interesting trio to be sure except that all three’s names have been part of recent scan attempts in York County.

The most recent, is Mr. Bentley. According to published reports, a  Rock Hill woman told police that her sister lost $160,000 in a social media scam involving someone who claimed to be country music star Dierks Bentley.

The victim’s sister reported the theft to the Rock Hill Police Department Tuesday. She told police that, for about two years, her sister sent cashier’s checks and gift cards to a person claiming to be Bentley, according to an incident report.

The case appears to be a scam in which someone posed on social media as the star, said Rock Hill police Capt. Mark Bollinger. Rock Hill officials warned on Twitter Wednesday that city officials had received several calls from customers, saying callers posing as utility reps claimed power will be shut off without immediate payment over the phone using gift cards.

City officials said those calls are a scam. York County Sheriff’s office officials warned three times in the past two weeks that scammers claiming to be police were calling with similar phony claims.