Tax season is in full swing, and unfortunately, that means scammers are out in force too. A Wilmington woman is thankful she knew the signs.
She thought it was a simple Facebook message from a friend but it would turn out to be something far more sinister. Janet Benton contacted us about a possible scam this afternoon and told us it was one that left her fearing for her life. She says it started on Facebook and turned into text messages.
Wilmington Police are investigating a credit card scam that conned two elderly victims out of $16,000.
Detectives say two Wilmington women, ages 78 and 83, told investigators that on April 8 young men posing as their grandsons on the phone told the women they needed bail money for DWI arrests.
Phone calls, e-mails and even text messages. The Better Business Bureau says nothing is off limits now. Scammers are using new media for some of the same old schemes.
People do not always go to church for the right reasons. That's why police conducted a seminar at the Wilmington Police Department called “Predators in the Pews.” They want to educate individuals in faith-based communities about different crimes that can occur in ministries across the area.
They pretend to be concerned about your car. They pretend to know your credit card balance.
It could be the No. 1 nuisance in the American home.
People are working hard these days, and most areas of the economy are looking better than they have in the past few years. One group following the money, especially in retirement areas, are scammers.
These days, most people know to be careful when selling something on craigslist. But now there's a scam going around that just may tug on your heartstrings enough to make you fall for it. That's why one Brunswick County man is warning others of a new scam.
Jim and his wife of Wilmington, N.C., for example, received a call last month from a man saying he was their grandson.
The man said he had been in a car accident while traveling in the Dominican Republic. After explaining his injuries and that he badly needed money to get out of jail and return to the United States, the man begged Jim, 78, not to tell his "parents" and blamed his voice change on the accident.