Someone posing as a member of the Claxton Volunteer Fire Department has attempted to fraudulently obtain money from two different homeowners in Claxton, Anderson County Chief Deputy Mark Lucas said Wednesday.
“The scam artist apparently went door-to-door on Old Edgemoor Road soliciting money from residents, telling them if they do not pay the fire department will not respond if there is a fire,” Lucas said.
He said two people have notified have notified Chief Donnie Shipley of the alleged scam, but there could be other victims.
Lucas said the two residents were suspicious and did not pay.
“This is a scam, and Chief Shipley wishes to inform all residents that the fire department responds to all fires, medical calls, and other emergencies in the Claxton community,” Lucas said. “The fire department also does not solicit door-to-door.”
Lucas said the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department will investigate the incidents as attempted fraud.
No description of the person involved is available, and investigators will be following up to identify the suspect, Lucas said.