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Raleigh police investigating attempted phone scams

Posted December 2, 2010

— Raleigh police said Thursday that they have received four reports of attempted phone scams since September and that detectives believe they are related.

On Sept. 4, a shopkeeper received a phone call from a customer. Someone called the customer claiming to be the shopkeeper and requested that money be sent to him outside the country. The customer recognized the call to be an attempted fraud and hung up, according to police.

On Oct. 14, a man received a call from someone claiming to represent a parcel delivery company. The caller attempted to get the man to provide his address over the telephone, but the man believed the call to be a scam and declined.

On Nov. 24, a woman received a call from someone who told her she had won millions in a sweepstakes. The caller told the woman she needed to wire $1,300 to an out-of-state addressee before the prize could be awarded. The woman declined to do so.

On Nov. 27, a woman received a call from someone who told her she had won a car. When the woman said she was not interested, the caller then claimed that she owed him $500. The woman declined to provide the money.

Investigators said there was "a commonality" among some of the phone numbers used to make the calls. Another common thread between them was "a persistence often displayed by the caller," police said.

The Raleigh Police Department reminds residents they should not respond by providing information or sending money to unknown callers and should immediately report any suspicious solicitations to law enforcement.


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  • meta4csw Dec 3, 2010

    Almost every day I get email with this package scam. It tells me my package cannot be delivered because the address is wrong. It says to print the attached label and bring to the post office for pickup. The attached file is a zip file and you never open one of those, kiss of death. I think they figure if they send enough out they will catch someone who is rushed and expecting a package and will print it. Probably then stealing your passwords.

  • harmstrong4 Dec 2, 2010

    But I have so much fun with these scams. I play along until they finally catch on that I am not biting. Like the ones asking for the man of the house. I ask them for a name because this is the County jail and we have lots of men... They usually hang up....lol

  • driverkid3 Dec 2, 2010

    If anyone is stupid enough to fall for this, they will get just what they deserve.

  • dwr1964 Dec 2, 2010

    The package delivery call was not a scam, the other two were.

    So just how is it that you claim to know that the package delivery was not a scam? Did you make the call? Were you there? Are you just smarter than everyone else? Enlighten us Mr Wizzard

  • imdicktrickle Dec 2, 2010

    Use commone sense folks... It is just that simple..

  • fearna Dec 2, 2010

    I have seen these scams - and the Nigerian Lottery Scam - ruin the lives of elderly residents where I work. They are so intent that they will get their winnings that they keep sending money when asked, and don't understand what is happening even when they are told by family and even the police. They target elderly people - it is easy enough to get "age" reports via the internet - and are particularly pleased if it is someone with limited education and family. Very sad.

  • Kingfish Dec 2, 2010

    Rockermom...you'd be surprised how often these "obvious" scams work. These scammers prey on the elderly. Elderly people are more trusting, and they are more willing to believe these crooks, in some cases.

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Dec 2, 2010

    The package delivery call was not a scam, the other two were.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Dec 2, 2010

    Good point. And every time I pick up the phone while not recognizing the number, it bites me. I gotta show more disipline and not pick up the phone if I don't know the number. If its important, someone will leave a message.

  • Rockermom Dec 2, 2010

    Thank you, Captain Obvious! All of these scenarios are blatantly false, so would anyone REALLY do this?