Pinehurst Police Warn of Scams
Pinehurst police are warning residents of two different scams aimed at getting money from unsuspecting victims.
Two residents recently received an e-mail purportedly from the FBI stating that two bags containing a large sum of money had been found at JFK International Airport in New York.
The e-mail indicates that the recipient has a connection to the money and that if they don’t contact the FBI within a 72-hour period they will be reported to the IRS.
The second scam involves winning the lottery. A resident received by mail a check for more than $3,900 and was instructed to deposit the check, keep $1,000 and send the remainder to an organization based overseas. Upon receiving the money, the organization would release the remainder of the lottery winnings.
Pinehurst police Captain Floyd Thomas advised residents to contact local authorities if they receive similar offers via e-mail or regular mail.
“You can’t win the lottery if you haven’t entered and the FBI doesn’t control the IRS,” he said. “And don’t send money to people you don’t know. If you are unsure about something, call the police first.”
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