Local authorities warn of scams, deceptive advertising
Posted July 10, 2012
Updated July 11, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — Authorities in Raleigh, Durham and Fayetteville are getting the word out about deceptive advertising and scams.
The city of Raleigh is advising residents about mailings for water and sewer line insurance that appear to be collaboration between the insurance companies and the city.
City officials said Tuesday that the solicitations have not been endorsed by the city.
Durham police say they've had several cases recently involving forged checks and ATMs.
Investigators say that, in those cases, the victims were approached by a stranger purporting to be in need. The victims were asked to deposit a check for the individual and to then withdraw the cash from an ATM.
The victims were notified several days later that the check is forged.
Police recently arrested Tydricka Trenise Lewis on at least two dozen charges in connection to several cases.
In Fayetteville, police are warning residents about a nationwide scam in which victims are being promised help paying their utility bills.
In these cases, the victims are asked for their Social Security numbers and credit card information.
Authorities warn citizens to always be wary of anyone approaching them for any reason and to not fall for such scams or advertising.