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Police Say Fayetteville Scam Artist Targeted Soldiers

Posted July 20, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Police say a scam artist is behind bars in Fayetteville after preying on his victims' patriotism.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says Michael Anthony Wallace, 37, targeted people in the military. Wallace is in jail, but his list of victims continues to grow.

Deputies believe Wallace tricked several people out of hundreds of dollars by calling himself "Joe Jackson" and targeting houses displaying an American flag or military insignia.

Sgt. D.L. Oakman of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says Wallace would get into his victims' homes by acting like a family member or an old family friend.

She says people can keep scam artists out of their homes by using common sense.

"Use good judgment," Oakman says. "If it's someone they don't know, like a stranger, then they should not let that person in their house."

The sheriff's office wants people who may have been scammed by Wallace to call them at910-323-1500.