Sheriff’s Office Issues Scam Alert
 
  On April 16 the Saluda Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a citizen in reference to a known telemarketing phone scam.  The caller claimed to be a representative of American Cash Awards and identified himself using the name “Peter Anderson”.  The targeted person was told that they had won a cash prize of $550.000.00 and that for a $250.00 fee to cover processing and tax the check would be released to them immediately.  The targeted person was then advised to go to the nearest Walmart Store and purchase a Green Dot Moneypak card and load the card with $250.00.  Upon doing so the targeted person was instructed to call Mr. Anderson back and provide him with the card number and PIN from the card. 
  In this case the targeted person did not cooperate and did not lose any money.  However, there are thousands of documented cases nationwide where people have fallen for this ruse and have lost substantial amounts of hard earned money.  The scam artists are quite convincing and very persistent.  They will call a targeted person numerous times before moving on to another victim. They will call from a working phone number and if you call the number the scammer will answer the call.  The call in this case came from 876.505.6367.  The call is routed through several phone service exchanges and appears to originate in Jamaica.  When a person sends money to these people there is no method to get the money back and the perpetrators are currently out of reach of United States law enforcement due to certain international boundaries. This is why the scams continue and seem to go on unchecked.
  The Better Business Bureau currently lists American Cash Awards as being out of business.  The same company was penalized $993,940.83 in civil fines, restitution, and fees after the Colorado Attorney General was able to secure a Default Judgment and Permanent Injunction against this company.  This may be why the operators are no longer in the Continental United States.  The company was declared to have used deceptive trade practices and to have deceived customers through dishonest, misleading, and highly pressured sales calls.
  Things to remember are that if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.  Even though this scam uses these card it is important to remember that the Green Dot Moneypak prepaid debit cards are a legitimate product sold in many stores and are legally used by millions of people each day.  The fraudsters use this means of money transfer because it is easy, convenient, and anonymous.  However, there is nothing fraudulent about the legitimate use of these cards.  The scam is not limited to the Green Dot Moneypak cards and can be done by means of many other brands. 
  Sheriff John Perry would ask all of the citizens of the county to be aware of this activity and to tell all of your friends and neighbors about it.  Elderly persons or others that are easily influenced are the primary targets.  We live in the greatest part of the country where we are raised to be polite and courteous to all of those we meet and these scandalous people take advantage of that to the utmost.  The men and women of your Saluda County Sheriff’s Office thank you for your support and continue to work to make your community the best it can be every day.
 

 

Honored By The Sons Of
The American Revolution
 
Micah Duggan Griffith, age 14, was awarded the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)  ”Eagle Scout of the Year Award” for the State of South Carolina.  His 500 word historical essay, written for the SAR competition, was on the subject of the Revolutionary War Site “Mine Creek” located here in Saluda.  His paper will now be entered in the SAR National Competition.   Micah’s Eagle Scout Project consisted of researching, locating, logging, documentation of grave stones, and GPS locations of 22 Revolutionary War Patriot Graves in Saluda County.  He and his team of Boy Scouts and Adults also cleaned and cleared the graves and grave yards where needed.  Micah made a formal presentation of a Patriot Grave Pamphlet, with all information and pictures, to The Saluda County Historical Society.   Micah was very honored to retrieve a piece of Saluda’s Heritage and grateful to have been awarded the SAR Eagle Scout of the Year Award.
 

 
Sheriff’s Office Taking Back Unwanted
Prescription Drugs On April 26
 
  Saluda, SC – On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Saluda Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to CVS Pharmacy at 321 N Main St Saluda, S.C. or Long’s Drugs 307 W. Butler Ave. Saluda  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
  Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills. 
  This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
  DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.
 

 
Republican Rally
Postponed
 
  The Republican Rally scheduled for April 24th has been put off due to unforseen circumstances.