Horry County Sheriff's Office being used by scammer

Someone has been calling residents of Horry County claiming to be a deputy collecting money for a summons, and the Horry County Sheriff's Office says it's a scam.

Horry County police has taken several reports from residents saying they got a call from a deputy asking for a credit card number to pay for a summons.

The number that comes up on caller ID is the main line of the sheriff's office.

Deputies believe someone is using an app that changes phone numbers to make it look like a call is coming from another number.

The call is not coming from the Horry County Sheriff's Office, according to agency spokesman Jeff Benton.

"The Horry County Sheriff's Office will never ask anyone for money over the telephone," he said. "Payments for summons, traffic tickets, etc are paid at the local magistrate's office and not the Sheriff's Office."

If you've received a call like this, call Horry County police at 843-915-5350.