Village Police Warn of Scam Attempts
A recent scam attempt that cost one Pinehurst couple nearly $4,000 has police officers warning residents to beware.
In the last week, police say they have received reports of three different attempted scams. One of those involved a family that was scammed out of $3,800 when they wired money to an individual after they were told their grandson was jailed in Spain.
Police say the couple twice wired $1,900 to someone who promised to get their grandson released.
Only after the scammer called a third time demanding more money did the victims realize their error and contact their family to check on the welfare of their grandson.
“They found out that their grandson had not gone to Spain and had been in the United States all along,” said Capt. Floyd Thomas of the Pinehurst Police Department.
Another woman nearly got swindled out of money and merchandise after posting a for-sale advertisement on a popular website.
Thomas said the woman was selling a bike for $450 through Craigslist. The woman was contacted by a potential buyer who agreed to buy the bike and send her a check for the item. When the check arrived, it was for $2,450.
Thinking there was an error, the woman called the potential buyer and was told to cash the check, keep the $450 and send the excess money and bike.
The woman became suspicious, police said, when she noticed that the address of the company and the address of where to send the money and bike were different.
She didn’t cash the check and called the police.
“If it looks too good to be true’ it probably is,” Thomas said.
A third attempted scam was reported by a woman who police said received a phone call from someone who told her that there was a problem with her credit card account. Police say the woman hung up on the caller only to have him call back minutes later. During the second phone call, the woman threatened to call the police, and the caller hung up.
Officers advise residents to contact the police department at (910) 295-3141 if they receive any suspiciouscalls, emails or regular mail.
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