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David N. Kirkman
Task Force Alert
Asst Attorney General
Consumer Protection
NC Department of
P.O. Box 629
Raleigh, NC 27602

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To NC Senior Consumer Fraud Task Force Members

******Alert #253******

Detective Mike Davis of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department reports the following scam trend:

We are getting calls again ref the “Relative who’s out of the country” SCAM. The pretend relative is on vacation, traveling, etc and they have been stopped for speeding (or other infraction) and they need money to pay their bond, or ticket. The scammer will often use a familiar nickname such as “MaMaw”, Granny, etc. They most often pose as a grandchild needing money. When the victim calls the real family they find that the child is fine and not out of the country. UNFORTUNATELY MANY CALL AFTER THEY’VE ALREADY SENT THE MONEY!!!

Det Mike Davis
Financial Crimes Unit

Criminal Investigations Division
Buncombe County Sheriff's Office
202 Haywood Street
Asheville,NC 28801
828-250-4409 (office)
828-250-4490 (fax)

Variations of this scam include claims by the young caller that he or she is in the hospital, is facing a huge auto repair bill, has been robbed, etc. Some scammers employ the actual names of their victims’ grandchildren, which they have found on social networking and other websites.

******End of Alert******

Date: September 30, 2010

David N. Kirkman
Assistant Attorney General
Task Force Alerts Chair
Consumer Protection Division
Office of Attorney General Roy Cooper
9001 Mail Processing Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001
Tel. 919-716-6000



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