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Local authorities warn of scams, deceptive advertising

Posted July 10, 2012
Updated July 11, 2012

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— 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.

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  • pedsRN Jul 11, 2012

    Watch out for calls from "Credit Card Services". They are bogus. It starts with a recording that this call is about lowering your interest rate, offer is about to expire, & to consider this your final notice. Occasionally you'll get an option to press a number to be removed from their list(GOOD LUCK!). If you press the number to speak to an operator, they will hang up on you when you request to be removed from their call list. Once I asked which Credit card they were calling about, their reply was "Master Card or VISA". Obviously wanting me to supply the info. Funny if it's finally notice, it's a LONG notice!! I've been getting their annoying calls for YEARS!!!

  • GravyPig Jul 11, 2012

    All I can say is Duh. If it's too good to be true, it probably is. I'd rather lose out on some "deal" than get scammed like a fool.

  • Half Red Half Blue Jul 11, 2012

    "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."

    "If you are stupid enough to give your personal information to a stranger then you deserve to be scammed. Common sense folks. Get some."

    I agree. That statement should put up a flag to begin with.

  • not my real name Jul 11, 2012

    If you are stupid enough to give your personal information to a stranger then you deserve to be scammed. Common sense folks. Get some.

  • Snakebite Survivor Jul 11, 2012

    Saw this article and thought it would be about political ads! I suppose warnings are unnecessary, though, since anybody with any sense realizes they are full of lies anyway.

  • halfpint1552 Jul 11, 2012

    If someone is asking you for your personal information or credit card information, they are up to something. Research for yourself. Go to your local accountant and see if the government is actually offering you this help. Don't be played. Be smart.

  • OneLove Jul 11, 2012

    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Plus, I can't believe people STILL fall for this stuff (the "I give you check, you give me cash" schemes)