Apex police warn people to protect themselves against holiday crimes
Posted November 21, 2019 10:06 p.m. EST
Updated November 21, 2019 10:59 p.m. EST
In Apex and across the county, police have their eyes wide open going into the holidays as crimes tend to spike.
"I will tell you that identity theft and these types of crimes are one of the fastest-growing white collar crimes in America," said Apex Deputy Chief Mitchell McKinney.
Recently, a loss prevention employee at Target in Apex stopped a would-be victim from purchasing thousands of dollars in gift cards for someone he thought was a debt collector.
Apex police said the man was on his way to Target to purchase another $4,000 in gift cards in order to pay a bill or a debt. And to make matters worse, the victim told investigators the call he got about purchasing the gift cards came from the police department.
"The individual called him and used our telephone number, spoofed our Apex Police Department telephone number, and told him he had to pay this money immediately or he was going to be incarcerated, and that’s a common scam that we deal with," McKinney said.
Police said there are some things to watch out for if you ever suspect something is off when it comes to gift cards.
- Don’t click/respond to online ads offering free gift cards
- Don’t always trust caller ID
- Victim of gift card fraud? Report to Federal Trade Commission