A store manager in the Tanger 2 Outlets in Bluffton transferred just over $900 to people who claimed over the phone that they were on the business’ corporate level, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report.
The New York and Company manager got a call Thursday morning telling her the store would close and be fined if the manager could not transfer approximately $900, according to the report. Since the store did not have the full amount in the register, the manager used some of her own funds to complete the payments. She made three transactions through Western Union, all just over $300 each, to be picked up in Houston.
The caller claimed to be with the company’s corporate loss prevention division and said a customer had hurt herself in the Bluffton store, sparking the need for the payment. The Bluffton store manager was passed to two other people on the other end of the phone who claimed to be the regional manager and the vice president of the company, according to the report.
After the transfers were made, the store manager called her local loss prevention manager who told her it was a scam, according to the report. By that time, the money she transferred had already been picked up.