Authorities are investigating an e-mail scam that uses the name of the executive director of the North Carolina NAACP.
Amina Turner says the letters bearing her name are unnerving. The e-mails have gone out to people in Turner's address book and say that Turner is stuck in Africa without money.
The notes ask the recipient to wire $2,900.
The hoax is being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation computer crimes unit, federal investigators and the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
The SBI says the scam is the first of its kind that the agency has investigated.
Turner says she is not aware of anyone who fell for the scam.