Scammers Use TTY Device

The N.C Attorney General's Office says watch out for phone calls from scam artists using TTY. That's a device that allows hearing- or speech- impaired people to make telephone calls by typing their conversations. It's also a way for scam artists to gain your sympathy and trust, officials say. North Carolinians are reporting that scammers call in response to a classified ad to establish that sympathy and trust. Then they send a money order for more than the cost of the item. The scam artists then asks you to wire the extra money back. The money orders may look real but turn out to be fake. The victim could end up owing the amount of the counterfeit money order to the bank. The N.C Attorney General's Office says never cash a check or money order from someone who asks you to wire part of the money back to them.


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  • by Marianne Location: California on Jun 17, 2008 at 04:33 PM
    I got a TTY call which turned into an email correspondence where he stated that he would pay me full price for the puppy plus an extra $70 for reserving him. He would include the shipping money in the money order and I was to cash the money order immediately and send the shipping money off for arrangements to be made. He asked me for a total price in the email so I told him I would have to check the shipping charges for sending a puppy from CA to MD and get back to him on a total. And that he would have to purchase a dog shipping crate and have it sent to my house. He then told me that he had already calculated everything so I didn't have to do it again. Well then, why on earth did he ask for a total??? There were too many things not right about it, so we said no deal and haven't heard from him since.
  • by Cora Location: Washington, NC on Dec 28, 2007 at 12:11 PM
    I would like to discuss a scam of the elderly that a self proclaimed psychic is using in our area. AARP has issued an ALERT concerning this scam. (ie:Maria Duval) My father has gotten caught up in this and I thought it might be worthy of your investigation. Feel free to contact me via email.
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