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* * FRAUD ALERT * *

There is a scam occurring in our jurisdiction that citizens need to be made aware of. Someone is calling Sumter County residents claiming to be from Equifax and requesting the victim's debit card number to supposedly verify that it has not been part of a data breach. While still on the phone with victims, the cards are being charged electronically to out of state accounts. The calls appear to be continuing and we are actively investigating these transactions and working with authorities where they may be originating from. Equifax or any other financial institution will never call you and ask for a full card number like this. Under no circumstances should you give out detailed information to anyone that calls you requesting it.

If you have been contacted by someone in the last couple of days claiming to be from Equifax and you gave them any critical information such as a card number or social security number, please make contact with us immediately 803-436-2000.