Sheriff In NC Warns About New Scam

The Alamance County Sheriff's Office says older people in their area were recently targeted by scam artists.

The Alamance County Sheriff's Office says they got several complaints from older residents about suspicious calls on Friday afternoon. The people said callers claiming to work for "the government" were promising free medication. In order to get the free medicine, people were asked to give the caller their Medicare or Social Security Number. Authorities say this is a scam.

Major Randy Jones with the Alamance County Sheriff's Office also noted the timing: late Friday afternoon. Jones says scam artists often attack on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, when people will have trouble getting in touch with government officials or banks.


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  • by Bertie Hardison Location: Farm Life on Oct 6, 2010 at 01:35 PM
    I have seen first hand what these scam artists are capable of doing. My 86 year old mother was a victim of a telephone scam. Elderly people are so trusting and were brought up believing everyone is honest. After having to close her bank account and getting all her automatic drafts changed, she had to learn the hard way. I cannot stress it enough that we educate the elderly to not give out any information over the telephone or to anyone else for that matter. It saddens me know that she as well as others are being robbed at the hands of people that could care less they are hurting someone. I know one day they will pay for their sins, but in the meantime it does seem that the scam artists get away with this crime.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 6, 2010 at 08:25 AM
    Well, sounds like the Obama-Clinton campaign fundraiser has started!
  • by ace Location: J ville on Oct 6, 2010 at 06:57 AM
    Same old story. If they caught them and removed a hand each time they were caught this would stop. Have you checked craigs list lately. Somebody in Alaska is trying to sell ATV's for 1/4 of their worth saying they are being sent overseas shortly. The surprising part is their ship out date changes from ATV to ATV. The old saying "If it looks too good to be true, It usually isn't true" really is true!
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