Category Archives: SCAM

Business Alert – fake one-hundred dollar bills

Click image to enlarge. Carteret County Sheriff’s Office The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a warning to businesses to keep their eyes opened for fake one-hundred dollar bills that are popping up in the county. Detectives say the phony $100.00 dollar bills have been received by a grocery store, ABC store, and most recently a convenient store in Newport. The fake $100.00 dollar bills have a poor representation of Benjamin Franklin and the words in large caps are stamped “For Motion Picture Use Only” with additional warnings under that in small letters “This note is no…

Seniors targeted, yet again!

PAMLICO COUNTY – If someone calls you, claiming to be a representative with the Social Security agency, our suggestion is to hang up immediately and report the call to your local law enforcement agency. Thanks so much to Polly Taylor for details relating to this newest scam, which targets senior citizens. Taylor, a Pamlico County resident, is a compassionate in-home caregiver. Usually, she looks after the elderly, and she absolutely detests phone scams that target this vulnerable segment of our population. “This one call came into my client, who is 90 years old,” said Taylor, during…

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office scam alert

The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports of telephone scams being committed throughout Pamlico County over the last week. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind residents to never give anyone access to your checking accounts, credit card accounts, social security numbers, other account numbers or any other personal identifying numbers to soliciting companies and/or individuals over the phone. These telephone scams are usually targeting the elderly, in which the suspects stated that the victims have won a large cash prize, or that they…

Carteret Sheriff’s Office warns of “Jury Duty” scam

The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office is warning people about jury duty scam. A caller posing as a Carteret County Deputy has been accused of calling unsuspecting victims claiming they have missed jury duty in Carteret County and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The caller will then request your personal information and attempt to confirm you address. The caller’s demeanor will be authoritative and persistent. The caller will then attempt to get his victims to wire money and he will “take care” of the warrant by paying this fine. The caller will further attempt to convince…

Scam Alert – Beware ‘Mystery Shopper’ ruse!

Veteran columnist turns tables on would-be con artists The check that Justin Manjorin received looks legitimate, but the scam became evident after his inquiries. The names of the innocent banks used by the scammers have been obscured in this photocopy of the bogus check. Many of you who read this paper know me as the guy who writes about wine, food and does restaurant reviews. Today, I am writing about a variation on a scam to separate you from your hard earned money. Like many of you in our aging population, I am always on the lookout for a job that isn’t too physically demanding and can be done on a…

‘Cryptowall’ one nasty virus

By Allen Miller | The Technology Desk Last weekend, I worked on a laptop that was infected with the “Cryptowall” virus, which is the latest variant of the infamous “Cryptolocker” virus. The Cryptowall virus (along with its predecessors) encrypts all the documents, pictures, etc. on your computer. It then places several files on your computer, stating that your files have been encrypted and you must pay a ransom in order to have them unencrypted. I have seen reports of the ransom costing anywhere from $500 to $1,000. Simply put, if your files have been encrypted they are “gone” an…

Scammers call, Sheriff answers

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer KINGSTON, JAMAICA – Con artists, dialing from this Caribbean hotbed of chicanery, inadvertently called an unlikely target this week – the cell phone of Pamlico County Sheriff Billy Sawyer Jr. “They told me I was the third place winner in the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes,” said Sawyer, “and that I had won $350,000 and a new Chevy Malibu.” The sophisticated scam was on Sawyer’s radar screen, however. He and other investigators recently investigated nearly identical calls that tricked a woman in Hobucken. “They told her she had w…

Scam targets grandparents

  Did perpetrators use personal info gleaned from Facebook? By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer ORIENTAL – When Jane Bliss, 70, answered her home phone Wednesday morning, she was stunned to learn that one of her grandsons might have been involved in an accident, which had triggered his arrest. The call, which Bliss later discovered originated from Georgia, was a sophisticated hoax, designed to dupe a caring grandmother. “The guy was pretending to be my grandson,” said Bliss, who reported the con to local and state authorities. “He said something like ‘I only had three beers, gr…
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