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Fraud Alerts

The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports from citizens who have received telephone calls stating that they have won money and a new car. They are advised to send $2,000 to the company offering the awards and they will then be given information on how to pick up their winnings.

This is a scam and you should never have to send money in order to receive winnings. Do not respond to these types of offers. Just hang up the phone.

If you have been a victim of this scam, please contact the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office at 910-296-2150.

 

 

 

 


Please be advised of the notice pictured in this post that citizens are receiving in the mail. The scammers are asking for a small fee to be paid by credit card or bank account information in order to claim the reward.

This is a scam and you should never have to send money in order to receive an award or prize. Do not respond to these types of offers by mail or by phone.

If you have been a victim of a scam, please contact the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office at 910-296-2150.

 

 

 

 

 


The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office is receiving numerous calls from concerned citizens stating that they have received a call from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This “IRS Agent” informs the intended victim that they are being sued for unpaid taxes and will try to pressure you into paying a fee by using a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. Sometimes the “IRS Agent” will state that an arrest warrant will be issued if the taxes are not immediately paid.

No matter how much the “IRS Agent” threatens you, don’t fall for it. Do not give out personal information. Hang up. The IRS will never initiate contacting a taxpayer by phone, email, text or social media. IRS notifies taxpayers of any issues with tax payments by mail with an official bill. Also, the IRS will not demand immediate payment or require that you pay taxes in a certain way such as a pre-paid debit card.

To report these calls, use the “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” link on their webpage at www. irs. gov or call 1-800-366-4484. Remember to never give out personal information such as social security numbers or bank account information via telephone.


Protect yourself from scams and fraud by visiting the following websites to learn more:

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