RE-SHIPPING INTERNET FRAUD
cases cause individuals and small businesses to re-ship their goods to
certain countries that have weak legal systems. Not only are they
stealing goods from these businesses, but they are also paying for them
using stolen or fake credit cards. The scam works slightly different in
each country it involves, due to the various laws and details regarding
that country's re-shipping scam.
Watch out for official-looking e-mails
that appear to come from package delivery services such as UPS, FedEx
or even the U.S. Postal Service, consumer protection advocates warn.
The e-mail says there was a problem delivering a package you either sent
or were supposed to receive. It may even include a phony tracking
number. The recipient is instructed to open an attachment and fill out
an invoice, a claim form or a corrected mailing label.However, opening
the attachment downloads malware or viri to your computer.
ATM SKIMMING DEVICES- Pay close
attention the next time you go to the ATM Machine. There are new types
of ways for crooks to steal your identity and your money. Take a look at
this ATM Skimming
SCAM - Beware of internet job offers where you are instructed to fill out a
job application where they send you a check. You are instructed to
deposit the check and send 10% of it to a foreign country. Once approved for a
position they will ask you to deposite a fake check
E-MAIL SCAMS- The most familiar
email scam is an e-mail offering lots of free money in exchange for
helping someone. These type of emails often come from Nigeria. MS-NBC
has an article on these type of emails and we strongly recommend you
read up on this type of scam. See
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8171053/. Furthermore, you can check on
the internet to see if a particular email is a known scam by checking a
variety of sources, for example
Bank ATM's Converted to Steal IDs
of Bank Customers - Equipment is being used to capture your ATM card
number and PIN.
Click here to find out more!
Three New Scams
Reported By Social Security Administration.
Click here to find out more!
SCAM- A citizen who received a phone call from a subject poses
as a representative w/ Embarq. The person told the citizen that they
received their check for payment to Embarq and that
their signature on their check did not include their middle initial, and
that Embarq will no longer accept checks without their middle initial.
The person told them that they would need payment today if not, their
phone would be cut off today. They asked them their credit card
information and banking information in which they did not give them.
Citizen contacted Embarq , Embarq stated this is a Scam!
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department wants to alert the citizens of
Orange County of reports of church larcenies occurring in other counties
of North Carolina. Pitt and Alamance County has observed larceny of
copper tubing, copper wire, air conditioning units and plumbing from
churches. The suspects removed the equipment during the day, as well as
evenings. Please be aware that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department
will be increasing patrol of churches during the day, and at night. To
date, we have not received any reports of this type of theft. If you
notice any suspicious activity, including suspicious vehicles or
persons, please contact 911 immediately.
North Carolina consumers are getting calls from scam artists pretending to
be federal government officials calling to offer them money. For example,
the caller pretends to be from the IRS and congratulates the consumer for
paying their taxes on time which they say entitles the consumer to a $5,000
refund. The scammer then asks the consumer for their bank account
information claiming that they will deposit the money in their account.
These callers aren’t really with the federal government. They are scammers
looking to steal money from your bank account.
No legitimate government agency or company, not even your own bank, will
call you on the phone and request your bank account information. Even if the
caller knows a portion of your banking information, do not confirm this
information and do not share any additional information. If you have been a
victim of such a scam, please contact Attorney General Roy Cooper’s Consumer
Protection Division for assistance at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.
message brought to you on behalf of North Carolina Attorney General Roy
Jury Scam - The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued an
alert regarding a jury scam in North Carolina. You could receive a phone call
where the caller identifies himself as an officer of the court. He says you
failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant is out for your arrest. You
indicate you never received a notice. The caller offers to fix the problem and
says he'll need to verify some personal information - your birth date, social
security number, and maybe even a credit card number. If you receive such a
call, hang up the phone. Court officers never ask for confidential
information over the phone; they generally correspond with prospective jurors
via mail. What makes this scam effective, is that the victim is caught off guard
with the possibility of an unexpected threat of arrest.
Identity Theft - According to North Carolina Attorney
General Roy Cooper, every year approximately 300,000 North Carolinians are
victims of ID theft and fraud. ID theft happens when a criminal steals
personal information. This includes your Social Security number, date of birth,
drivers license number, or account numbers – and uses it to gain access to
personal resources, like account information, apply for credit, or to avoid
being charged with a crime. To learn more about identity theft, and how to
protect yourself, visit the
- An Orange County Citizen reported
a check was received in the mail, which was unexpected. The check was
believed to be associated with a job inquiry, which this citizen had
responded via www.craigslist.org.
The person received communication with the alleged
employers via mail asking the citizen to deposit the check in the bank and
quickly withdraw the difference in the funds and mail/wire transfer the
difference back to a certain person or
location. The check looks real and it will show a deposit in the bank for a
brief period of time. PLEASE contact the local authorities
or your banking institution with regards to any financial instrument of
person known as Michael Lloyd Smith while using the Business Name of
"Mystery Shopping Assignments" is running a scam. He contacted his
victim by e-mail asking her to be a mystery shopper for his business. She
was to report on customer services for businesses in her area. Once she
agreed, he sent her an e-mail with instructions of the assignment . He then
sent, by UPS, five Money Grams Orders in the amount
of $975.59 ea. to deposit in her personal account. For her assignment
she was instructed to withdraw from her account the next day a specified
amount and go to a specified
and purchase money orders. She was to send half to a western Union in
and half to another Western Union in
. She was to report her experience pertaining to customer service thru
e-mail. The next day she tried to use her bank card and it was declined. She
contacted her bank and was told that she was in the negative and that the
checks she deposited was no good and they could not collect on them. The
bank had to used money from her account to cover her withdraw for western
union. The checks came to her in a UPS Express Envelope from Andrew Cole,
151 N Queen St
. She has filed reports to her Bank Fraud Dept. and
Fraud Dept. and with our office. Please
use extreme caution when dealing with anything that sounds too good to be
true. This is an unfortunate situation where this person believed this
was a legitimate business.
SCAM REPORTED - An Orange County Citizen reported that a
solicitor called his residence from a phone number with the (866) area
code and claimed to be from a collection agency to collect a debt.
The caller told the citizen they owed a debt of $3,000.00 between 1990
and 1997, and if they paid $427.00 today, the debt would be cleared. The
solicitor called from (866) 899-1502. If you receive a call from
area code 866, you are advised to hang up.