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Sheriff warns about traveling scammers

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

The Irish Travelers, a group known for trying to scam people out of money and other property, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said, has come to the area.

The law enforcement agency recently warned county residents to be on the lookout for members of the traveling group, who typically flock to the area during the spring, according to an agency press release.

While no incidents have been reported at this time, a known Traveler was spotted a couple of weeks ago in the Boger City area, deputies said.

In past years, county residents — specifically elderly individuals — have been targeted by group members claiming to offer home repairs and other services through “high pressure sales tactics,” the release said.

The elderly are easier targets, officers noted, because they typically are at home during the day, keep larger sums of cash and fail to report crime for fear they’ll appear senile to others.

Primarily based in North Augusta, S.C., the Irish Travelers usually operate utility trucks showcasing license plates from the Carolinas or Georgia and go door-to-door with services such as blacktopping or sealing, painting or roofing, deputies said.

The scammers, usually in pairs, tell residents they need to measure flooring for carpet to lower one’s energy bill.

After asking a resident to help one of the scammers roll out the necessary material to measure the floor, a second scammer will search the home for money, deputies said.

For more information, call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at (704) 732-9050.

 

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