North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services
TO NC SENIOR CONSUMER FRAUD TASK FORCE MEMBERS
Callers Pose as Law Enforcement Officers, Attempt to "Shake Down" Call Recipients
The Attorney General just issued the following alert about highly abusive callers who pose as law enforcement officials who claim to be collecting on a debt. Many call recipients owe no such debt at all, while some may have taken out so-called payday loans on-line.
For Immediate Release
Watch our for calls scammers posing as cops, AG Cooper Warns
Raleigh: Telemarketing scammers claiming to be law enforcement are threatening people to pay them money or face arrest, Attorney General Roy Cooper warned consumers today.
“Don’t let scammers intimidate you into paying debts you don’t owe,” Cooper said. “These calls come from crooks, not real law enforcement officers.”
Consumers in North Carolina and elsewhere have recently reported getting calls from the “Federal State Bureau of North Carolina,” which is not an actual law enforcement organization. The callers tell people they owe a debt and must pay it now or go to jail. The threatening calls come from (336) 505-7092, a Google Voice number that could be used by scammers anywhere in the world.
Both the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and the State Bureau of Investigation have received reports about the fraudulent calls.
This is not the first time Cooper’s office has heard of debt collection scammers posing as police. Even though the fraudulent calls originate overseas, the scammers sometimes spoof the phone number of a real law enforcement agency to make their calls appear to come from a local Sheriff or police department. Some of these collection calls are made to people who owe money on Internet payday loans, while other people who get the calls have never taken out a payday loan.
If you receive a similar call:
Consumers can report debt collection scams to the Attorney General’s Office by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a consumer complaint online. ###
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June 13, 2011
David N. Kirkman
NC Senior Consumer
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