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Doj: Nude Photos, Online Friendships, Extortion Lead To Man’s Ar – – Columbia, South Carolina |

According to victims, they next received a call from someone claiming to be an agent with the SBI and using the name of the actual Special Agent in Charge for the Charlotte field office. The person posing as the SBI agent told them to pay between $200 and $400 each via Green Dot MoneyPak cards, a type of reloadable debit card, or face arrest on criminal charges. The SBI first learned of the scam when alleged victims began to contact the real SBI agent whose name the group used. SBI agents worked with their counterparts in South Carolina to unravel the alleged scheme and make the arrest. “Con artists and criminals will pretend to be anyone, including a pastor or an SBI agent, to try to trick you and steal your money,” Cooper warned. “True law enforcement officers won’t call you and demand that you pay money or face arrest, and anyone who says otherwise is breaking the law.” Agents have learned of other unidentified victims through the course of their investigation. Victims are urged to contact the SBI at 1-800-334-3000. The SBI is aware of victims from Charlotte, Wake County, Stokes County and Oklahoma, Cooper said. Moore is awaiting extradition to Mecklenburg County, N.C. The Attorney General’s Office says more arrests are possible.
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Columbus man plans ‘PotatoStock’ after potato-salad Kickstarter goes viral | The Columbus Dispatch

As promised, the 31-year-old Italian Village resident plans to use some of the money raised through a Kickstarter campaign to throw a public party, which he has playfully dubbed PotatoStock 2014. The bash will take place from noon to 8 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Columbus Commons at S. High and E. Rich streets, according to Browns Kickstarter page. The party will feature live entertainment, area food vendors and, of course, gallons of potato salad to taste, Brown wrote in an online update to his 6,500 backers. A Columbus Commons spokesman, however, said today that plans for the event have not been finalized. And, as he had hinted in an interview with The Dispatch in early July, Brown said that a significant portion of the money raised from the campaign will be contributed to a permanent fund at the Columbus Foundation to help nonprofit groups end hunger and homelessness throughout central Ohio.
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