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Raleigh police investigating attempted phone scams

Posted December 2, 2010 4:18 p.m. EST

— 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.