North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services
TO NC SENIOR CONSUMER FRAUD TASK FORCE MEMBERS
We’re halfway through the months of autumn, which means that itinerant groups of scammers are now passing through the state on their way home for the winter. Not that they completely disappear from North Carolina during the warmer months, but driveway paving and house painting scammers who have been hitting seniors in other parts of the country will be trying to collect more cash at the expense of North Carolinians as they head for their home towns in areas like southwestern Virginia or the Georgia-South Carolina border near Augusta.
The following is a warning to the public about one such group that was issued yesterday by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in Goldsboro:
Travelers are Prowling Around
November 8, 2012
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office would like to make the public aware of a possible Scam that is being attempted in Wayne County. On November 7, 2012 a citizen reported that a person approached him and talked to him about painting some of his barns. The citizen reported that the person acted like he knew him, but the citizen was sure he had never met the subject. The suspect was reported to be slender built white male driving a white Chevrolet Pick-Up Truck displaying South Carolina license plate.
The citizen was suspicious and did not do any business with the suspect but he was able to get the license plate and reported it to the Sheriff’s Office. Det/Sgt. Rick Farfour contacted a South Carolina SLED Agent and he was able to confirm that the registered owner of the truck was a member of a group called the Irish Travelers that are partially based out of South Carolina. According to information gathered this is a common scam perpetrated by some people. The suspect will approach the citizen about painting the barns. He will then give a fairly cheap price to paint. The suspect will then use watered down paint, usually mixed with gasoline. He will then report to the citizen that the barn will need more coats of paint and of course will charge more. It doesn't matter how many coats of paint are applied to the barn, it usually washes all off with the first good rain.
Wayne County Sheriff’s Office has arrested other members of this group in the past. In early 2011, warrants were issued on three of these members for stealing money from a lady in Wayne County. In that situation, 2 of the members talked to the citizen about buying some flooring while a third person snuck in the house and stole some money.Always be very cautious when dealing with any strangers that approach you unsolicited.
******End of Alert******
Date: November 9, 2012
David N. Kirkman
NC Senior Consumer
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