Someone is calling homes in South Carolina and pretending to be a member of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The phone call is part of a ploy in which the caller asks for money to pay off a speeding ticket.
South Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres says the scenario has been reported in Berkley County. So far, it does not appear that the scammer has been able to trick his callers into sending any money.
"They requested personal information for a traffic ticket that she needed to pay," said Beres. "We want to let the public know that we would never call you to pay a traffic ticket or request personal information or credit card information to pay a ticket. It will all be done through a courthouse."
State troopers say anyone who gets such calls can notify local authorities immediately. You can also check with the DMV to see if you have any pending traffic tickets.