Crime & Public Safety

Hilton Head woman lost $72,000 in scams, report says

An elderly Hilton Head Island woman was swindled out of over $72,000 after she gave out her bank account and Social Security information earlier this year, the woman's daughter reported to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Friday.

At some point between June 1 and October 1, the elderly woman gave her information to an unknown person, allowing them to withdraw $72,753 from two bank accounts the woman had, according to a Sheriff's Office incident report.

The daughter of the woman was not monitoring her mother's bank accounts and failed to notice the withdrawals, the report said. She told deputies that her mother was in poor health and was frequently writing checks for investments and contests that likely were scams, the report said.

The two bank accounts were cancelled after the withdrawals were discovered, the report said.