Gina V. Hawkins
Chief of Police
Media Contact: Sgt. S. Strepay, Public Information Officer
Media Inquiries: (910) 433-1487
(Fayetteville, NC) – Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Property and Fraud Unit would like to warn the public about a telephone scam targeting local citizens.
Fraud Detectives have received recent reports in which a suspect calls an unsuspecting victim and claims the victim has an outstanding warrant for arrest. The scammer goes on to state they are calling from the Social Security Administration and the citizen must pay a fine immediately or be subject to arrest. The suspect then proceeds to request personal information and payments from citizens. While the caller may sound professional and courteous over the telephone, they are waiting for you to release valuable information to include your full name, date of birth, social security number, and/or credit card information. The caller may request the citizen purchase prepaid credit cards or gift cards from a local merchant and provide the prepaid credit card or gift card information to the caller over the telephone.
The Fayetteville Police Department reminds citizens that officers and detectives with Fayetteville Police Department, legitimate businesses, and government organizations will not call you threatening arrest unless a fine is immediately paid over the telephone. Additionally, legitimate businesses and organizations will not demand payment in the form of prepaid credit cards or gift cards.
This is the latest version of a reoccurring scam. Con-artists are constantly varying their techniques in order to separate victims from their hard earned money. Always be wary of anyone requesting your personal information or trying to solicit money, especially during unsolicited telephone calls.
There is no additional information to release.