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Asst Attorney General
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Raleigh, NC 27602

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******Alert #305******

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in Goldsboro issued the following warning to local citizens yesterday:

Scary Scam
December 29, 2012

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that within the past week several Wayne County citizens have been contacted by telephone, by unknown persons, in an effort to extort money from the citizens. The caller who has been described as a Hispanic speaking person tells the citizen that they have a member of the citizen’s family and unless the citizen gives them money they will harm the relative. The caller will usually, at first, set up a meeting place to exchange the money, then later, will call back and tell them to wire the money somewhere, usually somewhere in Puerto Rico. Every situation that has been investigated into has been proven to be a scam since the relative that is supposedly being held captive has been found safe

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reports that this is not a new scam and that there are several variations of this. The complete objective is to lure the concerned family member into sending them money. The calls have been made to landline phones and cellular phones. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, the Mount Olive Police Department and the Goldsboro Police Department have all investigated several of these cases within the last week. In all of the calls reported to law enforcement the telephone number making the call has been 787-209-3710. Research into the number shows it is possibly based in Puerto Rico.

If a person receives one of these calls they immediately need to locate the family member that is supposedly kidnapped. In every case so far the member has been located safely. Several of the persons that have been called have handled the call so persistently that the caller hangs up on the citizen.


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

Date: November 30, 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


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