North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services
TO NC SENIOR CONSUMER FRAUD TASK FORCE MEMBERS
Scammers Attempt to Use Local Police to Reconnect with Elderly Repeat Victim of Fraud
Task Force member Joan Fleming of the FBI in Raleigh wants everyone to know that overseas Tel-Fraud scammers recently enlisted local police in an attempt to re-establish communications with an elderly repeat fraud victim in the central part of the state. The scammers were from eastern Europe and had obtained over $40K from the victim in recent years through a series of sweepstakes scams. Joan and the victimís family did an effective job of separating the victim from the scammers by switching her to an unlisted phone number, keeping her from receiving or responding to sweepstakes and prize mailings, and convincing her not to write her new phone number on anything. Those efforts succeeded for over a year. The scammers could not call her and convince her to send more money to collect a huge sweepstakes prize.
Last week, one the scammers apparently tried to reconnect with the victim by calling local police and pretending to be the victimís nephew. He claimed he had been trying urgently to get in contact with her, claimed he was being stymied by her unlisted phone number, and persuaded them to send an officer by her house with a request to call the nephew at a certain number. The officer left his business card on the victimís door, together with a written request to call the supposed nephew at the number he had given. Family members spotted the note before the victim did and prevented her from responding to it. They knew that the real nephew did not have such a phone number and had been in communication with her recently.
Joan speculates that others who work with older citizens could be enlisted by scammers to re-establish contact with former victims. She suggests that we not provide the family memberís phone number if he or she asks us to convey such a message to one of our elderly constituents, clients, retirement community residents, customers or association members. That person should be urged to contact the younger family member using the phone number or address that they have in their own records.
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Date: March 28, 2012
David N. Kirkman
Task Force Alerts Chair
Assistant Attorney General
NC Senior Consumer
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