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Raleigh, NC 27602

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******Alert #287******

Officer Mark Geercken of the Chapel Hill Police Department shares the following with the NC Senior Consumer Fraud Task Force. The scammer was so persistent that he seemed unfazed when the call recipient identified himself as a police officer.

We have received calls in reference to people winning large sums of money and checks in the mail. One call of interest was from this number: 876-456-6117. It shows up on Caller ID as Robert Cross from 86 Columbia Avenue, Newark, New Jersey. The caller stated the he had won 3.8 million dollars and a new car. All he needed to do to claim his prize was to send $599.00 right away to him via Western Union.

The suspect called several times asking where his money was. He did not know he was talking to a Police Officer. The guy called so many times that the police officer finally identified himself as a police officer with the Chapel Hill Police Department telling the suspect that he knew the whole call was a SCAM. The suspect told him he was not the police, his company was real and asked harshly where is my money. These guys are very persistent.

We Googled the number 876-456-6117. The internet says this number is a scam and is from Jamaica. There is whole page and a half of these numbers related to this scam.

I just wanted to give you heads up that this is happening to the residents of Chapel Hill. Luckily the person reporting this scam knew it was a scam and did not lose any money. Could you please send this out to the entire state. I feel if itís happening here is happening elsewhere too.

We are in the process of drafting a media release warning our residents about this scam. Please feel free to call if you have any questions or if you have more information regarding this group of scammers. ( w ) 919-932-2929 or email me

Stay safe

Mark Geercke
Community Services Unit
Chapel Hill Police Department
Town of Chapel Hill
828 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2640

Phone: (919) 919-932-2929
Fax: (919) 932-2920

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

Date: January 17, 2012

David N. Kirkman
Task Force Alerts Chair
Assistant Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
Office of Attorney General Roy Cooper
114 West Edenton Street
9001 Mail Processing Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001
Tel. 919-716-6000
Fax 919-716-6050


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